Remote screening of diabetic retinopathy is currently possible at RUIS McGill in the Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James (18) region, since Autumn 2013. This service will soon be available in the Montreal region (06): with two CSSS for the initial running-in phase as of September 2014.

This screening is performed by taking images of the retina. These are done with a fundus camera by staff trained for this purpose in CSSS. These images are then transmitted electronically over a secure informational infrastructure that allows specialists to perform a remote interpretation and diagnosis. In case of retinopathy, specialists recommend appropriate follow-up of the patient, in line with the best practices of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. The established model provides a continuum of care for appropriate support in a timely manner following the screening.

The likely benefits of the remote screening programme for diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Significant reduction in the impact of blindness;
  • Reduction in the average waiting time in consultation rooms and outpatient clinics for ophthalmology;
  • Increase in the number of diabetic patients who are screened annually;
  • Accessible screening closest to the patient;
  • Improvement in the continuity of services.

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