Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Telehealth

This course is designed to provide information on why diabetic retinopathy screening (DRS) at the primary care level, accompanied by telehealth technology and a follow up dilated eye exam, is essential to the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
Overview

This course is designed to provide information on why diabetic retinopathy screening (DRS) at the primary care level, accompanied by telehealth technology and a follow up dilated eye exam, is essential to the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Continued efforts to coordinate care through DRS, telehealth, and a dilated eye exam, will impact the lives of patients and their families by saving patients with diabetes from vision loss.

Course Highlights:
  • To ensure primary care clinicians screen for diabetic retinopathy for the growing number of individuals with diabetes who are asymptomatic or do not have eye-related symptoms. Screening for all patients, including those in underserved areas with minimal access to ophthalmologists and eye care, is essential.
  • To expand the use of DRS with telehealth technology for patients diagnosed with diabetes so that diabetic retinopathy can be detected early. Studies have shown that treatment is more effective and less costly in the early stages of DR.
  • To increase collaboration and care coordination for DRS among primary care practitioners (PCPs), ophthalmologists, optometrists, other healthcare professionals and staff, and patients.
  • To create a workflow for early detection, appropriate referral and follow-up, and effective management of diabetic retinopathy.
Course Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Define essential terminology related to DRS and telehealth services
  • Describe diabetic retinopathy risk factors, symptoms, natural history, and prevention
  • Examine screening techniques for diabetic retinopathy using DRS and telehealth technology
  • Examine approaches for managing diabetic retinopathy using DRS and telehealth technology
  • Examine screening techniques for diabetic retinopathy using DRS and telehealth technology
  • Review approaches for managing diabetic retinopathy using DRS and telehealth technology
  • Discuss the benefits of using DRS with telehealth technology
Authors:

Arjun Dirghangi, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
UVA Health

Suruchi B. Bhui, MD
Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology
UVA Health

COI Disclosure:

The authors for this educational module have no financial affiliations to disclose. The faculty and staff of the Office of Continuing Medical Education and SONCE do not have any financial affiliations to disclose. The Course Directors for the TelehealthVillage web portal, have identified the following financial affiliations: Karen S. Rheuban MD serves as a consultant to Tyto Inc. , David C. Gordon and Kathy Wibberly has no financial affiliations to disclose.

*Purchase grants one learner one year’s access to lessons and quizzes (access expires 365 days from date of course activation.)

Course Price
$49.00*
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Additional Details
Credits offered
1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit
1 MOC Part II Self Assessment credit
1 ANCC contact hour
1 hour of participation