Dr. Irshad Siddiqui, MD, Chief Health Information Officer at Blessing Health System in Quincy, Illinois, will be presenting on IDx-DR at HIMSS2020, the can't-miss health information and technology event of the year from 4:30-4:55 in the Intelligent Health Pavilion on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Dr. Siddiqui will discuss considerations for health systems when launching artificial intelligence (AI) systems like IDx-DR in primary care: the needs assessment, the pros and cons, and stakeholder buy-in. He will focus on IDx-DR as a case study. Blessing Health used the IDx-DR AI system to launch a retinal screening program from scratch, without needing additional staffing resources or eye care specialists to read the images.
IDx-DR enables health systems to screen large diabetes populations at scale for diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness. The system uses AI to make an immediate diagnostic assessment at the point of care, reducing scheduling backlogs and patient wait times.
For Blessing Health, the ability to test for diabetic retinopathy is a significant advance because it does not currently have any eye care specialists within its health system. Blessing had been referring all patients with diabetes to eye care specialists outside of the system, with less than 25% of patients receiving documentation for this sight-saving exam. In addition to challenges with obtaining exam compliance documentation, lack of access to in-network eye care was disrupting patients’ continuity of care and adding access and cost barriers for the patient.
With IDx-DR, Blessing Health was able to create a retinal screening program from scratch, essentially overnight. Implementing IDx-DR was easier and more efficient than it would have been to establish an ophthalmology practice or train image readers in order to implement an eye care program through other means within the system.
Not only did IDx-DR eliminate the need to hire new specialists, but existing staff were able to be trained on the system, so the system did not need to hire new office staff. Placing the IDx-DR exam in primary care has reduced the need for Blessing Health to refer patients outside of the system for their diabetic retinopathy exam and enables physicians to be involved in each step of their patient’s diabetes care journey.
Join Dr. Siddiqui at HIMSS to learn more about his experience with IDx-DR, or contact IDx directly to learn more about how IDx-DR can expand your diagnostic power.