“Pursuant Health, an Atlanta based consumer healthcare engagement company that has a network of more than 3,600 self-service kiosks, is preparing to add retinal screening to its fleet to reduce instances of avoidable blindness and overall healthcare costs.
“The [system], developed by ophthalmologist Kevin Lavery, contains a non-mydriatic exam that does not require dilation. Upon the exam’s completion, an eye care provider, currently part of a network of board certified ophthalmologists, will evaluate the images, which are encrypted and sent electronically via secure HIPAA-compliant software.”
According to the American Diabetes Association, “Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. Over time, high blood sugar levels from diabetes can lead to damage of the retina, the layer on the back of the eye that captures images and sends them to the brain. Eye damage can be occurring without any initial symptoms! That is why it is so important for people with diabetes to get regular eye examinations and catch problems before serious retinal changes occur.”
“Documented compliance with annual retinal exams is often less than 50 percent,” says Pursuant Health Chief Revenue Officer Ryan Sloan. “Our ability to use a health kiosk to capture retinal images, coordinate with eye specialists for processing, and report results back to primary care physicians in the most convenient way possible changes the game for all concerned, especially health plans.”
Pursuant Health is negotiating pilot locations in retail pharmacy and healthcare provider settings for installation of the first 10-20 systems.
“For individuals we seek to both incentivize them to engage in their health and prevent cases of avoidable blindness at the same time,” says Sloan. “In short, we are preventing blindness and rewarding individuals to proactively manage their health.
“For health plans, we seek to improve quality metrics and revenue as compliance with annual retinal examinations is one of the most difficult HEDIS and Star Rating quality measures to impact.”
Pursuant Health is seeking additional healthcare providers and plans to participate in the retinal screening kiosk pilot program. Interested parties should contact Pursuant Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.