The perfect type of diabetic screening center for EMD services

THE IDEAL CENTER

According the the World Health Organization, 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. EYEmergencyMD seeks proactive primary care offices and clinics with whom to partner in attacking the preventable blindness caused by ocular manifestations of chronic diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus. 

According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study, Diabetic eye disease is the fifth leading cause of blindness worldwide. This number could be significantly impacted by instituting screening protocols at the most convenient point of care:  the primary care physician’s office.

Data from British studies where screening programs have been underway for many years indicates that adding a screening program would add a minimum quantity of time and required manpower, but has the potential to detect nearly 90% of those with treatable retinopathy. The coincident decreased burden on the healthcare system would also be significant. The total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss from all causes according to a report put out by the NORC at the University of Chicago is estimated to be $139 billion based on the 2011 US population and 2013 economics.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS WE LOOK FOR

  • Significant diabetic patient population, or a desire to reach new diabetic patients

  • At least 75 square feet of available space to house necessary equipment

  • Strong desire to make a significant impact on a vulnerable patient population

  • Desire to start or expand telemedicine offerings

WHAT WE'RE DOING

EYEmergencyMD is providing the necessary equipment and board certified ophthalmologists to serve as on demand consultants and readers for screening exams in every US state and territory. We guarantee 24-48 hour turn around time for screening exams.

We will partner with qualified centers to provide the very best in asynchronous telemedicine for all of your diabetic patients. We will even assist with referring patients to a higher level of care when necessary to ensure a closed care loop.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you or someone you know wants to provide a convenient point of screening to patients with diabetes, simply contact us using the form below. A representative will contact you within 1 business day to walk you through the on-boarding process and get you or your contact ready to provide patients with a full complement of care for diabetes.

*You'll complete a short form at the bottom of our Contact Us page.

The perfect type of rural facility for EMD services

THE IDEAL CENTER

One of EYEmergencyMD's core values is to increase access to quality eye care. We seek to partner with health care centers and emergency rooms in rural communities without eye MDs to ensure access to high quality eye care screening and maintenance examinations. We bring care to the most convenient location for patients--their primary care facility or local hospital.

The expense and burden of traveling long distances for a 15-20 minute visit with a specialist has been replaced with on demand care by almost any type of specialty physician. The result is elevation of the level care and breaking down access barriers.

In the white paper entitled, “Anticipating Returns on Rural Telehealth,” published by NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, the adoption of telehealth technologies in rural settings results in cost savings through transportation cost savings, lost wage savings, hospital cost savings, and increased revenue for local labs and pharmacies.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS WE LOOK FOR

  • Lack of an eye physician within a 25 mile radius
  • Lack of ophthalmology coverage in the local emergency department 
  • Difficulty identifying providers willing to provide ophthalmic coverage for your patient population
  • High percentage of patient population with chronic diseases who are not receiving regular eye exams

WHAT WE'RE DOING

EYEmergencyMD has partnered with leading telehealth software providers to offer the best in remote ophthalmology consultation. We provide 2/7/365 access to board certified ophthalmologists for acute eye care, routine eye care, retinal screening, and glaucoma screening. 

With equipment requiring only 75 square feet of space, we can certify you as an Acute Eye Care Center of Excellence.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you would like to eliminate the gap in care for your patients or a local community with chronic diseases, use the contact form to connect with EYEmergencyMD. One of our representatives will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our on boarding process is thorough and efficient and will have your facility up and running in no time.

*You'll complete a short form at the bottom of our Contact Us page.

The perfect type of HIV screening center for EMD services

THE IDEAL CENTER

EYEmergencyMD recognizes the lack of attention given to the ocular manifestations that go along with HIV and AIDS. This is alarming because 70% of this patient population will experience problems in and around their eyes. Some of these issues may not become apparent until vision is irreversibly compromised.

Adding our service to the place where this patient population feels most comfortable allows for increased compliance and improved quality of life through maintenance of good vision. Your center already attends to the vast majority of these health needs. The addition of eye care simply adds to this robust menu of services.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS WE LOOK FOR

  • At least 75 square feet of space to house necessary equipment
  • Willingness to partner with us to certify and strategically market your HIV treatment center as an Acute Eye Care Center of Excellence
  • A pre-existing commitment to telemedicine or strong interest in starting a telemedicine program

WHAT WE'RE DOING

EMD is closing the care loop for HIV patients and providing convenient access to eye care and screenings by board certified ophthalmologists. We want to shed light on, and respond to, what seems to be a lesser known complication of a compromised immune system and provide access to convenient, timely, expert care when and where patients need it.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Do you represent an HIV clinic or know someone who does? For HIV centers that would like to add vision services to their offerings and give patients an opportunity for long lasting visual satisfaction, connect with us below. An EMD representative will be in contact within 1 business day to get started with our thorough and efficient training and on boarding process. Together, we can help get HIV patients the quality eye care they need and deserve.

*You'll complete a short form at the bottom of our Contact Us page.

The perfect type of ACO facility for EMD services

THE IDEAL CENTER

EYEmergencyMD seeks to partner with ACOs across the country to assist in the provision of retinal screening examinations to their diabetic population. Research shows that bringing these recommended services to the patient’s primary point of care significantly enhances patient compliance. 

This enhanced compliance translates into the opportunity for earlier intervention and a decreased rate of visual impairment from these preventable causes. This all culminates into savings in healthcare costs, lost work hours, and disability assistance. After all, this is the very nature of accountable care organizations.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS WE LOOK FOR

  • Large population of diabetic patients
  • At least 75 square feet of space for necessary equipment
  • Willingness to learn new billing practices and techniques to maximize reimbursement 
  • A strong commitment to patient centered care coordination

WHAT WE'RE DOING

EYEmergencyMD will provide training on equipment use, ongoing education about the importance of eye screening and routine eye examinations, and an unlimited capacity to read retinal screening examinations with rapid turnaround.

We also offer assistance in establishing referral networks with local ophthalmologists who can provide treatment when indicated. Partnering with us also gives your patient population access to on demand acute eye care from your clinic whenever they need it.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Do you represent an ACO or know someone who does? Set up a time that EYEmergencyMD can present to the ACO's leadership to show how we can alter the course of vision impairment due to chronic disease. We are all in this because we understand that coordination of care leads to higher level care. Let’s create partnerships that place our patients on a trajectory for success.

*You'll complete a short form at the bottom of our Contact Us page.

The perfect type of FQHC facility for EMD services

THE IDEAL CENTER

According the the World Health Organization, 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. EYEmergencyMD seeks Federally Qualified Health Care Centers and Look Alikes with whom to partner in attacking the preventable blindness caused by ocular manifestations of chronic diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, and Sickle Cell Disease.

According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study, Diabetic eye disease is the fifth leading cause of blindness worldwide. This number could be significantly impacted by instituting screening protocols at the most convenient point of care: the primary care physician’s office.

Adding a screening program would add a minimum quantity of time and required man power, but has the potential to detect nearly 90% of those with retinopathy that is treatable, according the British studies where screening programs have been underway for many years. The coincident decreased burden on the healthcare system would also be significant.

The total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss from all causes according to a report put out by the NORC at the University of Chicago is estimated to be $139 billion based on the 2011 US population and 2013 economics.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS WE LOOK FOR

  • At least 75 square feet of available space to house necessary equipment
  • Strong desire to make a significant impact on a vulnerable patient population
  • Desire to start or expand telemedicine offerings

WHAT WE'RE DOING

EYEmergencyMD is providing the necessary equipment and board certified ophthalmologists to serve as on demand consultants and readers for screening exams in every US state and territory. We guarantee rapid response on demand and 24-48 hour turn around for screening exams.

We will partner with qualified FQHCs to provide the very best in synchronous and asynchronous telemedicine for patients' eye care needs. We will even assist with referring patients to a higher level of care when necessary to ensure a closed care loop.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Do you represent (or know someone who represents) an FQHC that wants to provide comprehensive, 360 degree care to your patients with chronic diseases? Contact us using the form below and a representative will contact you (or your referral) within 1 business day to walk you through the on-boarding process and get you ready to provide your patients with a full complement of care for their chronic diseases.

You'll complete a short form at the bottom of our Contact Us page.

The perfect type of prison facility for EMD services

THE IDEAL PRISON

According to the February 2015 report of the Bureau Justice Statistics, 50% of state and federal prisoners and local jail inmates have a chronic disease such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma. This population is also not as likely as the general population to have regular eye screening examinations.

Although those who are incarcerated lose many of their basic rights, they retain the right to healthcare. The high incidence of trauma in this population makes access to on demand care an important consideration in choosing an eye care provider.

In the past, the cost of providing comprehensive care to those incarcerated created a situation where quality care was lacking. The rise of telemedicine, has significantly reduced the cost of care provision to inmates and made high quality care readily accessible. Enter EYEmergencyMD.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS WE LOOK FOR

  • State, federal, and local facilities that need 24/7/365 access to eye care
  • Facilities who desire the highest level of care while still being cost conscious
  • Facilities that have already instituted telemedicine services or are interested in bringing telemedicine to their facility

WHAT WE'RE DOING

EYEmergencyMD will provide a 24/7/365 telemedicine solution for providing eye care to inmates within your facility. Complete eye exams, screening exams, and acute eye care can be provided requiring only 75 square feet of space for equipment.

Our service obviates the need to transport the inmate except in true emergencies and the need to wait 24 hours or more for a definitive diagnosis to be rendered. We give care when care is needed, wherever it is needed. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Do you represent (or know someone who represents) a state or federal prison or local jail that seeks to decrease healthcare costs while elevating the level of care administered? Please use the contact link below to connect with us. One of our representatives will follow up with you within 1 business day to assist you in the on-boarding process or follow up with your referral. We look forward to putting as many facilities as possible on the path to better, cheaper healthcare.

You'll complete a short form at the bottom of our Contact Us page.

The perfect type of urgent care facility for EMD services

THE IDEAL CENTER

EYEmergencyMD seeks to partner with urgent care centers that desire to provide the highest level of comprehensive care. Our services fit well in environments already equipped to offer on site X-Ray services, occupational health services, and primary care. 

The addition of acute eye care services and retinal screening exams will not only supply an additional revenue stream, but also a definitive point of care for patients in communities that lack alternative options to an emergency room.

Like our perspective urgent care partners, we value efficient care and guarantee a 15 minute response time from board certified ophthalmologists for acute eye issues.

SOME CHARACTERISTICS WE LOOK FOR

  • Facilities that want to partner with EMD to develop an untapped patient population
  • 75 square feet of space to house necessary equipment
  • Interest in being certified as an EYEmergencyMD Acute Eye Care Center of Excellence
  • The ability to market a new service line with our comprehensive strategy

WHAT WE'RE DOING

EMD makes our service available to patients 24/7/365 even if the urgent care facility is not. Patients will trust our urgent care partners with their most precious of the five senses--vision--which we believe will bolster patients' confidence in our partners for their other health care concerns. 

We take each partnership seriously. Our relationship extends far beyond equipment delivery and staff training. Our partners' success is our success.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you represent an urgent care (or if you know someone who represents an urgent care) that is ready to delve into a completely untapped market and establish a higher level of acute eye care and screening, complete the contact form linked below. One of representatives will connect with you within 1 business day to learn more about your needs. Our streamlined on boarding and training program will have our partners confidently treating most eye conditions in no time.

You'll complete a short form at the bottom of our Contact Us page.

Ophthalmologist versus Optometrist: Mystery solved!

Welcome and thanks for being a part of EYEmergencyMD’s blog!  The goal of our blog is to keep you well informed on any and all issues important to the health of your eyes and expose you to the world of teleophthalmology which seeks to give you improved access to maintaining healthy vision for life.  What better way to begin than by identifying those that help care for your eyes.  I know many of you have wondered what exactly is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist, so let’s dig in!

Optometrists (OD) are doctors.  They obtain a four year college degree and then go on to do four more years of optometry school.  Here, optometrists become well versed in ocular anatomy, ocular physiology and pathophysiology, refraction, optics, and contact lens fitting.  Some optometrists go on to pursue a one year residency in an area in which they have a special interest (i.e. pediatrics, low vision, visual rehabilitation, or geriatrics).  If you are keeping count, that is 8-9 total years of education. Optometrists are invaluable in difficult refraction cases and those hard to fit with contact lenses.  They are also extraordinarily gifted in assisting low vision patients in maximizing their useful sight.  They are key players on the eye care team.

Ophthalmologists (MD, DO) are physicians.  They obtain a for year college degree and then go on to compete four years of medical school (yes, just like your family doctor or surgeon).  This is where we learn all about the entire body, things that can go wrong in each system, and how these things can be treated.  It is not until we obtain this extensive training that we are then able to choose our area of expertise.  Those medical school attendees who wish to pursue ophthalmology go through a rigorous and competitive match process where only 75% of those who apply will be successful at securing a training spot.  The successful candidate will then complete one year of internship in general medicine or surgery (we must understand the body and not just the eye) before completing three years of ophthalmology specific training.  This training will hone in on total medical and surgical eye care for all disease processes.  Once these four additional years are complete, many ophthalmologists go on to pursue even more specialized training, spending 1-2 years in cornea/refractive, glaucoma, retina, pediatrics, uveitis, oculoplastics/orbit, or neuro-ophthalmology.  If you are keeping count, that is 12-14 years of training just to take care of your eyes!

Optometrists and ophthalmologists sometimes work together in brick and mortar practices to provide you with the full spectrum of our respective training.  These two specialties complement one another quite well in the environment of comprehensive eye care.  There is no “eye” in team (pun intended)!

At EYEmergencyMD, we have adopted an ophthalmologists only model.  Why?  Because our mission is to be your readily accessible 24/7/365 eye care provider of choice whenever you have a problem affecting your eyes.  We do not offer eye glass or contact lens prescriptions.  Only timely, sound medical advice about your eyes just when you need it the most.  With 12-14 years of training and an average of an additional 7-10 years practice experience, our board certified ophthalmologists bring a wealth of knowledge to you whenever you need it, wherever you may be.  Your vision is precious, so we make easy access to top notch care our priority.  We connect you with only the best and most thoroughly trained eye physicians so that you can enjoy a lifetime of sunrises and sunsets.