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Telehealth Newsletter - December 2020

Spotlight: Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

 
                
Arjun Dirghangi, MD, MHS                               Michael Cusick, MD, MHSA
Assistant Professors, UVA Ophthalmology



Kerry Cotter, MPH
Program Coordinator, UVA Telehealth

 
Diabetic retinopathy is the the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults in the US, yet many people do not know its symptoms or risk factors. Annual screening to detect diabetic retinopathy is generally recommended for all type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients, and early detection can reduce risk for disease progression by up to 95 percent.

Led by Dr. Arjun Dirghangi and Dr. Michael Cusick, along with Kerry Cotter, the Smart Technologies for the Assessment of Retinopathy (STAR) Program is a partnership between Telehealth and Ophthalmology which places retinal cameras in primary care clinics around Virginia and trains staff to screen patients for diabetic retinopathy. UVA ophthalmologists remotely interpret images and send results and follow-up recommendations back to clinics using cloud software.

The program aims to increase screening compliance, expand patient access to ophthalmic care, and save patients with diabetes from preventable blindness through the early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

If you are interested in bringing the STAR program to your clinic, contact Kerry Cotter (kc3xa@virginia.edu) for more information. 

 
Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a safe and happy
holiday season. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your patients and look forward to our continued partnership! 

Upcoming Clinics - December

Dermatology:   12/16 at 12:30 pm

Endocrine:   12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30 from 9 am - 1 pm

Infectious Disease: Hep C:   12/7, 12/8, 12/15 from 1:15 - 4 pm

Pain Management:  12/10 from 1 - 3 pm

Peds Endocrine:  12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31 from 4 - 5 pm

Surgery Pre-Consult:  12/16 from 2 - 4 pm

Wound Care:  12/10 from 9 - 11 am & PRN

 
If you are interested in offering these services or other specialties to your patients, please submit a Telemedicine Consult Request Form.  Click here if you need a copy of the form.

Click here for the most up-to-date two-month schedule. 

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