GA Gov visits Atlanta area community health center saving eyesight of under served Georgians

By: Digital Vision Clinic/Telmedix
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Aug. 16, 2019 - PRLog -- On July 2nd, Governor Kemp visited a first-of-its-kind telemedicine eye clinic in Stone Mountain that is saving the vision of patients with undiagnosed eye diseases while more cost-effectively delivering healthcare funded by the state's taxpayers.

"Obtaining ophthalmology and other specialty medical exams has been an unsolved problem for patients who receive their primary care from community health centers," explains Raulnina Uzzle MD, Medical Director of the Oakhurst Medical Centers, one of the state's largest Federally Qualified Health Clinics.

Until partnering with Telmedix, only 7% of OMC patients referred to off-site eye doctors completed their exams. Many of OMC patients are at risk for diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions that cause irreversible loss of vision when undiagnosed. "Unknown to our medical staff, some of our patients were sitting in our waiting room slowly going blind," Uzzle explains. Now, more than 70% of OMC patients needing eye exams have them conveniently performed in the Telmedix facility inside of OMC's clinic. Telmedix uses advanced technology for the early detection and treatment of glaucoma and other sight-threatening diseases.

Jeff Taylor, Oakhurst CEO added that "the on-site Telmedix Vision Clinic enhances OMC's value as a medical home to our community by bringing eye care and - in the future - other medical specialty services to our patients, on-site and on demand."
Co-founded by ophthalmologist Keith Thompson MD and biomedical engineer Jose Garcia, Atlanta-based Telmedix is a successful product of the Georgia Research Alliance's VentureLab program, a state-supported incubator that helps fund local technology startups with commercial promise.

During his visit Governor Kemp observed how graduates of the Georgia Research Alliance and other state incubator program are developing new ways to bring affordable, quality healthcare to Georgia citizens.

About Oakhurst
Oakhurst Medical Centers provides affordable, accessible, quality primary care services to ethnically diverse patients. OMC provides over 65,000 patient visits annually through seven locations.

About Telmedix Digital Vision Clinic
Digital Vision Clinic is part of Telmedix, LLC, an Atlanta-based medical technology startup that brings eye care and other specialty services to primary care clinics through a proprietary telemedicine system developed in the Georgia Tech VentureLab incubator.

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