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Eyenuk Launches EyeArt AI System In South Africa In Collaboration With Discovery Health

A new diabetic retinopathy screening benefit enabled by the EyeArt AI system is made available by Discovery Health, a global leader in Healthcare and Financial Services

Eyenuk, Inc., a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology and services company and the leader in real-world applications for AI Eye Screening™ and AI Predictive Biomarkers™, announces today that Discovery Health launched a new Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit nationwide in South Africa, powered by the cutting-edge EyeArt® AI System helping enable the detection of the onset of diabetic retinopathy as early as possible.

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By launching the new Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit, Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) simplifies access to screening for diabetic retinopathy and introduces cutting-edge AI-driven technology to the process. The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit follows a simple, three-level process: primary grading by the EyeArt AI System, and if required, secondary grading by an optometrist, and tertiary grading by an ophthalmologist.

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“Discovery Health has always focused on incentivising, simplifying and enhancing member access to evidence-based preventative healthcare screening,” says CEO of Discovery Health, Dr. Ryan Noach. “The DHMS Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit is fully aligned to this ethos. It gives members easy access to annual screening, which is conducted using cutting-edge AI technology, followed up by a clear referral process, and supported by scheme benefits requiring no member out-of-pocket payments for primary and secondary grading. Through this benefit, we hope to increase the number of DHMS members who are screened for diabetic retinopathy.”

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Frank Cheng, Eyenuk President and CCO, added, “We applaud Discovery Health’s leadership for being the first payor to bring our EyeArt AI system to South Africa. The EyeArt AI System is the most extensively validated and adopted AI system for autonomous diabetic retinopathy detection in real-world settings. It has been cleared by regulatory authorities around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is reimbursed by government and private payors in the U.S.”

Dr. Patrick Godard, Chief Commercial Officer at Vertice MedTech, commented, “Diabetic Retinopathy is a growing problem, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medical diagnostics signals a new era. Vertice EyeCare is excited to offer the cutting-edge EyeArt AI system in South Africa. The EyeArt AI system provides automated screening in a single office visit by utilising AI algorithms to assess retina images in compliance with international standards. Early identification and treatment can reduce the burden of sight-threatening retinopathy, allowing clinicians to identify patients who require immediate medical treatment without having to worry about mydriasis. Vertice MedTech believes that deploying world-class healthcare innovations such as the EyeArt AI system allows for optimising patient treatment and care.”

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