Amelia Geary on behalf of Orbis International
To develop an artificial intelligence-supported, patient-centric diabetic retinopathy screening and referral system in Guyana
Guyana is among the poorest countries in South America, with a high prevalence of diabetes (11.2%) and a small population spread over a large area. Diabetes patients form the majority of visits to the eye department. Screening for diabetic eye disease (DED) is currently not integrated into care for those living with diabetes, leading to late detection of DED and unnecessary blindness. This project will improve access to DED screening with integrated AI diagnostic features, providing services to 422,860 people.
During the course of this project, an integrated, patient-centric DED screening and referral model will be developed, a workflow for AI diagnosis and grading of fundus images created, and demand for eye screening and early treatment increased using public awareness campaigns. This will enhance local efficiency and capacity to diagnose and treat DED.
The screening services are integrated in permanent local structures belonging to the public health system, and local staff will be trained to perform diabetic retinopathy screening services following completion of the project. In addition, the local project lead will remain the focal diabetic retinopathy doctor in the country, thus ensuring the sustainability of the screening services.