Primary care physicians across our country and the globe are providing sight saving services to their diabetic patients in a safe, convenient and cost effective way
Wake Forest, NC (PRWEB) April 2, 2009
Wake Forest, NC-- Digital Healthcare, the worlds' leading provider of eye health assessment technology announced today that 508,319 diabetic patients received an eye health assessment using their technologies in the first quarter of 2009. "Primary care physicians across our country and the globe are providing sight saving services to their diabetic patients in a safe, convenient and cost effective way" said Marc Winchester, President for Digital Healthcare's North American Operations. "In the United States less than 50% of diabetic patients receive their recommended annual eye examination. Each year thousands of people lose their eyesight unnecessarily".
"The positive response in the medical community indicates that primary care doctors and endocrinologists place a high value on diabetic eye health," said Winchester. "The fact that Retasure is non-invasive and easy to use technology has enabled physicians to quickly adopt the solution for their diabetic patients."
"Earlier detection of patients with diabetic eye disease by endocrinologists and primary care physicians means earlier referral to an ophthalmologist," said Dr. Michael Fleming, Digital Healthcare's Medical Director for Primary Care. "It is difficult to understate the public health impact and cost to society of undetected diabetic eye disease. Retasure is making a difference in our efforts for earlier diagnosis and treatment of complications, and this truly helps reduce the incidence of permanent vision loss."
The FDA-approved Retasure program provides a simple, affordable, and non-invasive solution that allows physicians to capture their patients' retinal images during a three to five minute procedure. Images are transmitted over a secure, HIPAA compliant network to an accredited reading center. A state-licensed and board certified eye care professional reviews the images and provide a written assessment to the original physician within 72 hours.
There are well over 20 million diabetic patients in the US, but less than half have an annual eye examination, despite a high risk of diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute indicates diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age American adults.
The Retasure™ solution developed by Digital Healthcare provides a simple, affordable, and non-invasive solution that allows physicians to capture their patients' retinal images during a three to five minute procedure. Images are transmitted over a secure network to an accredited reading center.
Digital Healthcare's Retasure solution offers several advantages for primary care and endocrinologist physicians and their patients: It can be operated by non-clinicians; it is non-invasive and requires no dilation; and it obtains exceptionally high-quality digital images of the retina. This FDA-approved technology is used by a broad range of doctors and facilities throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, including leading hospitals and research centers, primary care groups, private ophthalmology and optometry groups, family practice residency centers, and internal, multi-specialty and endocrinology groups.
For additional information, please visit http://www.retasure.com