We Use Telehealth to Close Gaps in Care for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults, and people with diabetes are at very high risk of acquiring this condition.
98% of visual loss can be prevented with early detection and treatment, but individuals generally cannot perceive that retinopathy is occurring until it is very advanced. Moreover, the cost of treatment escalates drastically as retinopathy progresses.
Adherence with diabetic retinopathy screening is a difficult quality measure for health plans and providers to attain as a substantial proportion of people with diabetes do not get this annual screening. Lack of screening is more profound in populations where there are access challenges and other barriers.
Canary Telehealth™ Intervention
We travel to the home to provide diabetic retinopathy screening. Utilizing a specialized ophthalmic camera, a trained technician conducts a scan of the retina and images are transmitted to a remote eye care professional for evaluation and reporting.
Individuals with pathology are referred for follow up care – enabling individuals, plans, and providers to avoid more invasive and expensive treatment options.