New Retinal Risk Assessment Tool Available for Columbus-Area Diabetics

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Digital Healthcare, a Wake Forest, NC company specializing in retinal risk assessment for diabetics, announced today two Columbus, Ohio medical practices will collaborate to provide Retasure to regional diabetic patients. Canyon Medical Center is offering in-office retinal risk assessments and Midwest Retina ophthalmologists are providing grading services. Midwest Retina physicians will also read images for future Retasure primary care providers in central Ohio.

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We believe that early diagnosis and preventative treatment are vital to preserving sight in the diabetic patient

Digital Healthcare, a Wake Forest, NC company specializing in retinal risk assessment for diabetics, announced today two Columbus, Ohio medical practices will collaborate to provide Retasure to regional diabetic patients. Canyon Medical Center is offering in-office retinal risk assessments and Midwest Retina ophthalmologists are providing grading services. Midwest Retina physicians will also read images for future Retasure primary care providers in central Ohio.

"Canyon Medical Center and Midwest Retina are two of the region's most established and respected practices," said Scott Sanner, Senior Vice President for Digital Healthcare's North American Operations. "While we are thrilled to have both part of the Retasure network, the true beneficiaries here are Columbus-area diabetics."

Canyon Medical Center is an 11 provider practice specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics. "All of our physicians provide treatment to diabetic patients and understand their high risk for serious eye disease," said Stephen Canowitz, M.D. "We don't intend to replace the services of the ophthalmologist, but we do want to make retinal risk assessments more readily available to our diabetic patients."

The six Midwest Retina physicians specialize in treating vitreoretinal diseases across seven locations in central Ohio including Columbus, Chillicothe, Mansfield, Zanesville and Mount Vernon. Dr. Mark D. Lomeo will lead the practice's Retasure reading center.

"We believe that early diagnosis and preventative treatment are vital to preserving sight in the diabetic patient," said Dr. Lomeo. "Working with Retasure brings the latest in telemedicine to central Ohio and gives many more patients the ability to avoid severe vision loss."

The FDA-approved and HEDIS compliant 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 ophthalmologist reviews the images and results are returned to the original physician within 72 hours.

There are an estimated 20 million diabetic patients in the US, but only about half have any retinal assessments, 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. More than a million patients around the world have received a retinal risk assessment using Digital Healthcare software.

About Digital Healthcare:
Digital Healthcare is the global leader in retinal risk assessment. They are the world's leading provider of care management programs for diabetic retinopathy. Their award-winning MS-HUG technology is used by leading hospitals and research centers including University Hospitals Case Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University, The Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins University and the United States Military. 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; it obtains exceptionally high-quality digital images of the retina using a simple-to-operate fundus camera; it returns results quickly to the ordering physicians; and it encourages patient compliance for retinal evaluation and comprehensive eye examinations. For additional information, please visit http://www.retasure.com.

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