Improving Diabetic Retinopathy Screening: CHC, Inc. and EyePACS
Community Health Center, Inc is Connecticut's largest Federally Qualified Health Center, serving over 130,000 patients. CHC, Inc. was looking to find innovations that would address the challenge of screening diabetic patients that were in under-served populations - including racial/ethnic minority and low-income groups. They found a solution in a telemedicine-based screening program through a partnership with EyePACS and the Yale Eye Center.
A big thank you to Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola and Community Health Center, Inc. for providing this video and sharing their amazing success story!
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening with EyePACS: Preventing Diabetic Blindness with Telemedicine
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults in the United States. Early detection and treatment of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy can prevent blinding complications, but nearly half of all diabetics do not receive timely eye examinations. The UC Berkeley Optometric Eye Center has developed EyePACS, a store-and-forward clinical communication system that has been used successfully for diabetic retinopathy screening in diverse clinical settings.
CBS5 Eyewitness News:
Segment on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening with EyePACS
This news report featured an Oakland clinic patient receiving a retinopathy screening with EyePACS and highlighted how the telemedicine-based system is cost-effective, reimbursable, and easy to use.
Central Valley PBC Feature on EyePACS
This feature explains the importance of early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in working age adults, for diabetic patients. EyePACS is a license-free system for communicating between primary care providers and eye care providers.