Digital Health For Administrators
Fast and Convenient Point-of-Care Screening and Services
The Digital Health Program is a service of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. We provide diabetic retinopathy screening services to over a hundred health clinics and organizations throughout California.
EyePACS is a Level 3 American Telemedicine Association-approved screening program, which means it has been validated scientifically for the grading of diabetic retinopathy. Level 1 and 2 programs are not validated scientifically.
Guidance in Retinal Camera Selection and Purchase
Our system is compatible with virtually any retinal camera you may have, but not all retinal cameras are created equal! For instance, handheld cameras just don’t measure up yet (they will someday, but not yet). We have extensive experience and knowledge in helping you choose the right equipment for a successful and effective Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS). If possible, we recommend you contact us before you purchase.
Interpretation of diabetic retinal images by credentialed eye care providers, typically within 24 hours of the patient’s screening visit.
Diagnosis and Recommendation
Evidence-based diagnosis and recommendations regarding diabetic retinopathy status as well as other incidental eye conditions.
Staff Training and Education
Training, certification, clinic support and quality assurance for contracted clinics. Education for patients and providers with actual patient images and diagnosis.
Point-of-care telehealth programs significantly increase retinal screening/ HEDIS rates, and can significantly reduce costs. Specifically:
- Digital Diabetic Retinopathy Screening can increase rates of compliance with retinal screening of all patients by 50% or more.
- Particularly effective in raising rates amongst the uninsured.
- Significantly decreases patient wait times for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening.
- Point-of-care telehealth programs significantly decrease costs.
We work with a number of insurers in California. Contact us for more information on insurance and billing.
Cost Savings Analysis for a Diabetic Retinopathy Teleretinal Screening Program Using an Activity-Based Costing Approach
Cost-effectiveness of diabetic retinopathy screening programs using telemedicine: a systematic review.
Retinal screening rate results from sample large FQHC sites after DigitalHealth/EyePACS Diabetic Retinopathy Screening implementation:
Pre-DRS: 43.5% (1 month before implementation)
Post-DRS: 79.3% (12 months later)
Pre-DRS: 10% (1 month before implementation)
Post-DRS: 54.41% (4 months after implementation)
The purpose of PPS billing for remote Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) is two-fold:
1. To allow for a sustainable financial model to support DRS services.
2. To register Quality of Care (QOC) measures (for HEDIS purposes) automatically without the need for administrative follow-up.
UC Berkeley credentials our providers with clinics to allow for billing at PPS rate.
The EyePACS system seamlessly connects to many popular electronic medical record (EMR) or other information systems via standards-compliant, bidirectional, secure, scalable and robust interfaces.
Click on the map below to see the location of all of our clinic partners.
Roadmap to a Successful Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program
We’ve developed a roadmap for a successful Diabetic Retinopathy Screening program. The roadmap can serve as a checklist. Please click on the link below to download.
Digital Health Clinic
UC Berkeley Optometry
200 Minor Addition
Berkeley, CA 94720
Harry Green, OD, PhD, FAAO
Associate Clinical Professor