Emitac Healthcare Solutions today announced its partnership with the U.S digital health company GoCheck to bring to the UAE a Smartphone-enabled, integrated vision screening application for the detection of vision abnormalities in children.
Emitac Healthcare said in a statement that the distribution partnership will strengthen its portfolio of cutting edge screening applications and add value to its vision and mission to transform care delivery through cost-effective digital technologies.
“Our partnership with GoCheck will enable us to reinforce the company’s mission to offer clinical innovation through new technology. Partnering with GoCheck will bring value and strength to the pediatric healthcare sector. Together, we will take vision screening in children in the UAE to the next level, fulfilling the market need for innovative solutions,” said Mr. Mohd Kenanah, CEO of Emitac Healthcare Solutions.
GoCheck Kids is used by over 6,500 pediatric care teams in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East as part of the routine health checkup for children and in vision screening programs conducted within primary care centers and schools.
“Smart technologies and an IOS modern operating system help pediatric healthcare providers detect diseases in advance,” said Kevon Saber, Chief Executive Officer of GoCheck, adding that the “partnership with Emitac Healthcare Solutions is a significant step toward empowering healthcare providers in the UAE with access to advanced vision-protecting screening technology.”
GoCheck Kids is the only digital vision screening application for children from ages 1-18 built on a Smartphone. It will enable Emitac Healthcare to provide a complete vision screening solution to its customers in the UAE.
A recent study conducted among the student population in government schools of the Hatta region in the UAE showed that a significant 59 per cent of students were detected to have uncorrected refractive errors despite having a school-based vision screening program in place. Seventy-eight percent of the amblyopia cases were found to be in the 11–19 years age group, Emitac said.
The use of photo screeners, such as GoCheck Kids, are recommended by various medical societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics because traditional vision screening methods such as Snellen charts have zero positive predictive value among pre-school children.
The partnership of Emitac Healthcare Solutions and GoCheck illustrates the importance of digital health innovation to provide affordable, accurate and scalable healthcare for patients.