Retina telemedicine tech helps save vision at Grady Health System
February 22, 2019 / Bill Siwicki
Grady Eye Center had a backlog of 14,000 patients to see, and most of these were diabetic screenings. The center did some research and realized it had more than 20,000 diabetics in Grady Health System and only 20 to 25 percent were being adequately screened for retinopathy. In addition, the burden of acute onset blindness from diabetes – vitreous hemorrhage, neovascular glaucoma, tractional retinal detachment – presenting to the emergency room was extremely high. Grady Eye Center looked at many technologies to solve the problem, including building its own screening program, but it found great difficulty in creating an in-house IT system that integrated into its EHR, notified primary care when patients were due for an exam, placed photos into an organized work queue, allowed for reading of the photos and generation of a report, returned a report into the EHR with codes and billing, and allowed for quality control and analytics.