[PHNUTR-L] Joslin Diabetes Center announces new national Joslin
Vision Network affiliation program
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
fivestar at nutritionucanlivewith.com
Tue Jun 28 06:09:05 PDT 2005
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Public release date: 27-Jun-2005
Contact: Marjorie Dwyer
marjorie.dwyer at joslin.harvard.edu
Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center announces new national Joslin Vision Network
First affiliate is Koch Eye Associates in Rhode Island
BOSTON -- Joslin Diabetes Center has launched a new affiliation program
designed to bring Joslin's world-class vision resources to local
communities across the United States and beyond. The first Joslin Vision
Network (JVN) affiliation is with Koch Eye Associates in Warwick, R.I.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most significant complications of
diabetes. The problem is compounded because the disease is asymptomatic,
especially in the early stages when it is most treatable. Missed or
inadequate care can lead to devastating results. But with early
detection and appropriate treatment, vision loss can be prevented.
"Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the
United States, and yet most patients do not get recommended care," said
Alan M. Jacobson, M.D., Senior Vice President, Joslin Strategic
Initiatives Division. "By creating the JVN Affiliate Program and
partnering with leading organizations such as Koch Eye Associates, we
can bring Joslin's proven techniques in managing eye disease to the
millions of Americans across the country at risk for losing their vision
from diabetic retinopathy."
The JVN is the only diagnostic retinal evaluation service offering
patients a pain-free and non-dilated diabetic eye evaluation that has
been validated against dilated eye exams by retinal specialists. The JVN
is already in use at more than 35 federal health care sites in 15
states, and implementation is planned at the Joslin Diabetes Center
Affiliate in Bahrain.
"Our new Joslin affiliation allows us to offer world-class expertise to
the estimated 100,000 people in Rhode Island with diabetes, and we are
proud to be the first member of the JVN Affiliate Program," said Peter
Koch, Chief Executive Officer, Koch Eye Associates. "The Koch physicians
will care for our patients with diabetes-related eye disease, and we
will collaborate with Joslin on research and care advancements."
The new Joslin Vision Network Affiliate Program is a clinical
service-offering specific to eye care providers that enables them to
incorporate the JVN into their practice and outreach programs. Under the
program, eye care providers acquire images of patient retinas using the
JVN System. The images are then sent to Joslin and evaluated by
world-class clinicians from Joslin's Beetham Eye Institute under the
clinical direction of Lloyd M. Aiello, M.D., a pioneer in preserving
vision among people with diabetes. Dr. Aiello co-developed the JVN with
Sven-Erik Bursell, Ph.D., Director of the JVN.
Joslin experts then prepare evaluation summaries and send them back to
physicians at Koch for its use in determining treatment plans for its
patients. Most insurance plans will cover the costs of the JVN imaging,
evaluation and treatment plan.
"Koch Eye Associates has demonstrated a real commitment to ensuring the
success of the program," said Dr. Aiello. "Dr. Paul Koch has developed
diabetes-specific protocols for the practice and we expect it to become
a Center of Excellence for diabetes eye care. With innovative solutions
and partnerships like this, we can virtually eliminate vision loss from
Nationally an estimated 18 million Americans have diabetes; about
one-third of them do not know they have the disease (type 2 diabetes).
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Diseases, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among
adults 20 to 74 years of age. Diabetic retinopathy (damage to the blood
vessels in the retina) causes between 12,000 and 24,000 new cases of
blindness every year. Early detection can prevent or delay blindness due
to diabetic retinopathy in 90 percent of the cases.
About Joslin's Affiliated Programs
Joslin Diabetes Center currently has Affiliated Programs in 22
facilities throughout the United States and in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Patients receiving care at Joslin Affiliates benefit from the expertise
of the Joslin staff. The Affiliates receive regularly scheduled visits
from and participate in conferences with members of the Joslin
About Koch Eye Associates
Koch Eye Associates is Rhode Island's largest and most comprehensive eye
care center that provides patients with a full range of preventative,
maintenance, and restorative eye care procedures. Founded in 1981, Koch
Eye Associates is located in eight Rhode Island communities and in East
The opening of the new Koch Eye Associates Diabetes Center at 552
Tollgate Road in Warwick, R.I., on July 1 will enhance the full
complement of diagnostic, preventative care, treatment and surgical
services offered by Koch Eye Associates. Appointments are now being
scheduled. For more information, call Koch Eye Associates at 401-738-4800.
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