Atlanta-based Pursuant Health is ready to roll out new retinal screening capabilities into its self-service kiosks with the goal of preventing 95% of avoidable vision loss cases with early detection.
“Documented compliance with annual retinal exams is often less than 50%,” stated Ryan Sloan, chief revenue officer, Pursuant Health. “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.”
"By getting diabetics and others the necessary eye screening that they are currently not getting, it will save people's eyesight.”“By getting diabetics and others the necessary eye screening that they are currently not getting, it will save people's eyesight,” suggested Kevin Lavery, Pursuant medical officer. “It has the power to transform how healthcare is delivered.”
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. Over time, high blood sugar levels from diabetes lead to damage of the retina.
Pursuant Health screens more than 30 million Americans every year through its network of more than 3,600 self-service kiosks. Because diabetic retinopathy impacts up to 85% of individuals with diabetes, the ability to increase the total number of screenings can significantly reduce instances of preventable blindness and overall healthcare costs simultaneously.
Pursuant Health is negotiating pilot locations in retail pharmacy and healthcare provider settings for installation of the first 10-20 systems.