Telehealth: Remote screening for diabetic retinopathy

Par Chantal Cleary | déc. 14, 2015

To date, 22 communities offer remote screening for diabetic retinopathy. After the holidays, a 23rd community will join their ranks, that of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, which will have two points of service. If your community does not offer remote screening for diabetic retinopathy and you would like to explore the possibility or pertinence of doing so, do not hesitate to contact the FNQLHSSC to talk about it.

Although minimal support is still required from the FNQLHSSC to offer this service, most of the communities are relatively autonomous. However, as a result of the high turnover in communities, training for nurses and imaging technicians is still required on a sporadic basis.

Screening for diabetic retinopathy is identified as a best practice in ensuring diabetic patient monitoring. In order to optimize monitoring, ten information capsules have been created and will be distributed in the coming months, exploring themes such as bariatric surgery, diabetes and the virtues of maple syrup, the glycemic index, diabetes in numbers, etc. Some capsules are intended for health workers, whereas other are intended for the general public. Keep an eye out for them when reading the FNQLHSSC’s communications.

In closing, the remote screening for diabetic retinopathy project is currently undergoing a second evaluation, with a view of updating the knowledge and learnings regarding the project and determining the actions to take in the medium term to organize services in the pilot communities. The findings will be announced in the spring of 2016.