Author(s):Liu Y, Torres Diaz A, Benkert R. Scaling up teleophthalmology for diabetic eye screening: opportunities for widespread implementation in the USA. Curr Diab Rep. 2019 Aug 2;19(9):74. doi: 10.1007/s11892-019-1187-5. Review. PMID 31375932
Journal: Current Diabetes Reports, Volume 19, Issue 9, Aug 2019
PURPOSE OF REVIEW We discuss opportunities to address key barriers to widespread implementation of teleophthalmology programs for diabetic eye screening in the United States (U.S.).
RECENT FINDINGS Teleophthalmology is an evidence-based form of diabetic eye screening. This technology has been proven to substantially increase diabetic eye screening rates and decrease blindness. However, teleophthalmology implementation remains limited among U.S. health systems. Major barriers include financial concerns as well as limited utilization by providers, clinical staff, and patients. Possible interventions include increasingly affordable camera technology, demonstration of financially sustainable billing models, and engaging key stakeholders. Significant opportunities exist to overcome barriers to scale up and promote widespread implementation of teleophthalmology in the USA. Further development of methods to sustain effective increases in diabetic eye screening rates using this technology is needed. In addition, the demonstration of cost-effectiveness in a variety of billing models should be investigated to facilitate widespread implementation of teleophthalmology in U.S. health systems.