Retina Labs Launches Pioneering Teleconsultation Platform to Offer Virtual Eye Care During COVID-19 Crisis
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Retina Labs has announced its latest in teleophthalmology innovation with the introduction of a telemedicine-based e-consultation platform specially designed for eye health.
Retina Labs cloud-based teleconsultation platform enables optometrists, ophthalmologists and primary care providers to collaborate virtually on eye health cases. This reduces the need for unnecessary face-to-face referral visits, improves turn-round time for diagnoses, helps providers collaborate better and keeps track of patient progress.
The system allows any referring health professional to send an electronic consultation request to an eye care provider or ophthalmologist specialist for a diagnostic confirmation or even a second opinion. The referring health professional simply creates an online consultation request describing the case, uploads any fundus or anterior segment images or an OCT report, annotates the OD/OS eye sketch canvass if necessary, and sends it to the appropriate eye care provider in their network. The consulting eye care provider is notified immediately. They can review the case, examine the images in the system’s diagnostic viewer and respond promptly with a structured clinical diagnosis and care plan recommendation. The teleconsultation system also allows providers to collaborate on cases that involve on-going monitoring.
“Telemedicine and virtual care have quickly become important tools during this COVID-19 pandemic, especially for rural and remote communities” says Richard Pridham, President & CEO of Retina Labs. “However, there are currently very few telemedicine-based tools that are optimally designed for day-to-day eye care. Retina Labs teleconsultation platform offers remote ophthalmic assessment and monitoring capabilities to facilitate patient care while reducing patient and provider exposure to COVID-19 during this pandemic.”
Immediate Funding Now Available for Telehealth Programs
For provider organizations seeking to implement telehealth initiatives, funding is now available. On April 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it will provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program