I think a key benefit to Retasure is that ultimately more patients will be assessed for diabetic retinopathy because the image is captured in their primary care physician's office.
Wake Forest, NC (PRWEB) February 18, 2008
Digital Healthcare, a Wake Forest, NC company specializing in retinal risk assessment for diabetics, announced today that San Antonio Eye Center in San Antonio, Texas is Retasure's latest reading center. The additional reading will provide services for the rapidly growing number of Texas-based physicians offering Retasure assessments.
"With our tremendous growth in Texas, we have more patients than ever requiring services from our Retasure reading centers," said Scott Sanner, Senior Vice President for Digital Healthcare's North American Operations. "San Antonio Eye Center is one of the region's oldest and most established ophthalmology practices and we are honored they have agreed to provide services for Retasure's diabetic patients."
Dr. Dudley H. Harris will lead the new Retasure reading center. Dr. Harris has practiced at San Antonio Eye Center for 37 years and is the senior physician for the five provider practice. San Antonio Eye provides comprehensive ophthalmology services at three separate locations.
"The reason I wanted to be involved in the diabetic risk assessment area is that with the advent of the small pupil camera we no longer need to do a complete eye exam for every diabetic patient every year," said Dr. Harris. "I think a key benefit to Retasure is that ultimately more patients will be assessed for diabetic retinopathy because the image is captured in their primary care physician's office."
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 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.