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The Hope Clinic in Charleston, SC invests in technology to prevent vision loss in patients

Digital Healthcare, a Wake Forest, NC company specializing in risk assessment for diabetics, recently announced that The Hope Clinics based in Charleston, SC have selected the Retasure™ solution to provide retinal imaging risk assessment.

Wake Forest, NC and Charleston, SC (PRWEB) September 10, 2008 -- Digital Healthcare, a Wake Forest, NC company specializing in risk assessment for diabetics, recently announced that The Hope Clinics based in Charleston, SC have selected the Retasure™ solution to provide retinal imaging risk assessment.

Retasure™, a diabetes care management solution developed by Digital Healthcare, can detect early damage to the retina caused by diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions.

"Diabetic patients in South Carolina now have access to sight-saving technology at their Primary Diabetes Care location, thanks to the foresight of The Hope Clinic," said Scott Sanner, Senior Vice President, North American Operations of Digital Healthcare. "These physicians are leading the way in improving the lives of their diabetic patients."

The four, board-certified physicians of The Hope Clinics manage three facilities serving the Charleston area. Dr. Etikerentse serves as Medical Director and is board-certified in internal medicine. "Diabetes is a complex disease that causes a broad range of serious complications. One of the most serious complications is diabetic retinopathy, which is a leading cause of blindness. Retasure™ will help with early diagnosis and treatment for these at-risk patients," said Dr. Etikerentse.

The FDA-approved and HEDIS compliant Retasure™ solution provides a simple, affordable, and non-invasive solution that allows physicians to capture their patients' retinal images during a three to five minute procedure. Images are transmitted over a secure, HIPAA compliant network to an accredited reading center. A state-licensed and board-certified ophthalmologist reviews the images and results are returned to the original physician within 72 hours.

There are an estimated 20 million diabetic patients in the US, but only about half have any retinal assessments, despite a high risk of diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute indicates diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age American adults. More than a million patients around the world have received a retinal risk assessment using Digital Healthcare software.

About Digital Healthcare:
Digital Healthcare is the global leader in retinal risk assessment. They are the world's leading provider of care management programs for diabetic retinopathy. Their award-winning MS-HUG technology is used by leading hospitals and research centers including University Hospitals Case Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University, The Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins University and the United States Military. Digital Healthcare's Retasure solution offers several advantages for primary care and endocrinologist physicians and their patients: It can be operated by non-clinicians; it is non-invasive and requires no dilation; it obtains exceptionally high-quality digital images of the retina using a simple-to-operate fundus camera; it returns results quickly to the ordering physicians; and it encourages patient compliance for retinal evaluation and comprehensive eye examinations.

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