OSF uses AI to improve diabetes care

  • September 25, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Illinois health system OSF HealthCare is using artificial intelligence (AI) from Iowa-based Digital Diagnostics to improve care for people living with diabetes.

Digital Diagnostics’ flagship product LumineticsCore – formerly IDx-DR – is increasing access to care at OSF. LumineticsCore is an FDA cleared, autonomous AI platform to detect diabetic retinopathy during a patient visit by analysing retinal images for signs of disease without the need for a specialist to interpret the images.

OSF initially launched LumineticsCore at eight sites, which have been operating for a full year. Based on the integration at the initial sites, OSF expanded the use to 24 additional sites that have now been operating for nine months.

Using LumineticsCore, OSF has been able to inform a quarter of nearly 1500 patients with diabetes that they tested positive for diabetic retinopathy (DR). Without convenient access to the exam, many of those patients might not have been tested for DR, the leading cause of blindness for adults in the USA.

“The positive impact our partnership with OSF HealthCare is having in the lives of patients is exactly in line with our mission,” said Digital Diagnostics’ senior vice president Sean Murnane. “Offering LumineticsCore to patients in a setting where they are already comfortable, coupled with the high-quality care offered at OSF, furthers our organisations’ collective goal of improving patient outcomes.”

Mark Meeker, vice president at OSF HealthCare, added: “We are always seeking new ways to innovate and improve access to cutting-edge diagnostics for our patients so we can help them better manage their health conditions, including diabetes which impacts nearly 66,000 OSF patients. Working with Digital Diagnostics allows us to offer an expanded set of services to our patients, while empowering our clinicians to help their patients decrease disease progression through prevention, not just through treatment.”

To learn more about the LumineticsCore exam, visit www.digitaldiagnostics.com/products.

Digital Diagnostics was founded by Michael Abramoff, a neuroscientist, practicing fellowship-trained retina specialist and computer engineer, and is led by him and co-founders John Bertrand and Seth Rainford.

OSF HealthCare (osfhealthcare.org) is an integrated health system owned and operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St Francis, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. It has 15 hospitals – ten acute care, five critical access – with 2084 licensed beds throughout Illinois and Michigan.