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Looking for a photoscreener to detect amblyopia risk factors in children too young for a visual acuity test?

Below, we compare the top photoscreeners using four main components: cost-effectiveness, clinical efficacy, workflow efficiency, and modernized security.

Overview

5 years is the typical lifespan of hardware-based screeners. The calculation in the 5 Year Cost Estimate row below includes the device purchase price, warranty/repairs, and the technician/nurse’s administrative time at $15 per hour plus benefits.

Because iScreen has a device purchase price plus a price per screen, the screening fee is calculated at $5 per screen and 30 screens per month.

  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Upfront Cost   
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • GoCheck Kids
  • $0
  • $10,140
  • CPT 99177 & 99174
  • Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener
  • $7,490
  • $25,890
  • CPT 99177
  • Plusoptix Vision Screener
  • Partial
  • $6,500
  • $16,250
  • CPT 99177
  • iScreen Vision Screener
  • $5,000
  • $31,500
  • CPT 99174
  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Per Device Upfront Cost    
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Free Trial   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • GoCheck Kids
  • $0
  • $10,140
  • CPT 99177 & 99174
  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Per Device Upfront Cost    
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener
  • $7,490
  • $25,890
  • CPT 99177
  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Per Device Upfront Cost    
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • iScreen Vision Screener
  • $5,000
  • $31,500
  • CPT 99174
  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Per Device Upfront Cost    
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • Plustopix Vision Screener
  • Partial
  • $6,500
  • $16,250
  • CPT 99177
  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Per Device Upfront Cost    
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • GoCheck Kids
  • $0
  • $10,140
  • CPT 99177 & 99174
  • Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener
  • $7,490
  • $25,890
  • CPT 99177
  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Per Device Upfront Cost    
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • Plustopix Vision Screener
  • Partial
  • $6,500
  • $16,250
  • CPT 99177
  • iScreen Vision Screener
  • $5,000
  • $31,500
  • CPT 99174

GoCheck Kids

GoCheck Kids was founded in 2013 by David Huang, co-inventor of Optical Coherence Tomography, the most widely used diagnostic in ophthalmology. GoCheck Kids now serves over 3,500 pediatric teams in the U.S. and Europe in their quest to prevent vision impairment, the most prevalent disabling condition among children in the U.S. and many countries. GoCheck Kids made early photoscreening affordable, reducing the cost by over 60% by leveraging the iPhone’s manufacturing scale. It’s also FDA-registered and CE certified.

Mission:

Screen 20 million kids by 2020.

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Clinical Efficacy7

Studies

4

Specificity

91%

Sensitivity

81%

PPV

92%

Inconclusives

3%

Detects:

  • Myopia
  • Hyperopia
  • Anisometropia
  • Gaze error

Note: Although GoCheck Kids “will not directly detect astigmatism, astigmatism is indirectly referred due to its association to other refractive anomalies.” 9

Workflow

EHR integration

Yes

Bulk Patient Entry

Yes

Enterprise User Management

Yes

Instant Results

Yes

View Results on PC

Yes

Price

CPT Codes

99177 and 99174

Cost

$169/month/phone

Service

Included

Warranty

Included

Software & Security

Soc 2 Certified

Yes

HIPAA Compliant

Yes

Software Upgrades

Yes

Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener (formerly PediaVision, Suresight)¹

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Welch Allyn, founded in 1915, is now a global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment with nearly 2,500 employees working in 26 different countries. They manufacturer a wide range of medical devices and products from physical assessment, vital signs monitoring to thermometry. Some of you might be familiar with the Welch Allyn Suresight vision screener. The replacement, Spot Vision Screener, is one of the leading photoscreeners on the market.

Mission:

Welch Allyn provides superlative medical products, services and solutions which are used by healthcare professionals at the point of care in acute and primary settings all around the world.

Clinical Efficacy7

Studies

8

Specificity

85%

Sensitivity

80%

PPV

87%

Inconclusives

4%

Detects:

  • Myopia
  • Hyperopia
  • Anisometropia
  • Astigmatism
  • Strabismus
  • Anisocoria

Workflow

EHR integration

No

Bulk Patient Entry

Can import future subjects by using a spreadsheet file and usb import

Enterprise User Management

No

Instant Results

Yes

View Results on PC

Can view results on a device or from a PC on the same network as the device

Price²

CPT Codes

99177

Cost

$7,490

Service

Battery replacement every 2.5 years

Warranty

$300 Per Year

Software & Security

Soc 2 Certified

Unknown

HIPAA Compliant

Yes

Software Upgrades

Unit can be returned to the service facility to receive software updates, some updates can be downloaded online

iScreen Vision³

iScreen Vision technology was created by a pediatric ophthalmologist and an engineer from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, with input from pediatricians across the country. Their collaborative work resulted in a ground-breaking digital device, the iScreen Vision Screener 3000, which is still one of the better photoscreeners on the market.

Mission:

Unknown

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iscreen vision screener 3000

Clinical Efficacy7

Studies

6

Specificity

88%

Sensitivity

75%

PPV

89%

Inconclusives

13%

Detects:

  • Myopia
  • Hyperopia
  • Anisometropia
  • Astigmatism
  • Anisocoria
  • Cataracts
  • Coloboma
  • Ptosis

Workflow

EHR integration

No

Bulk Patient Entry

No

Enterprise User Management

No

Instant Results

No

View Results on PC

No

Price

CPT Codes

99174

Cost

$5,000 plus $2-8 per screen

Service

Unknown

Warranty

2 year warranty

Software & Security

Soc 2 Certified

Unknown

HIPAA Compliant

Yes

Software Upgrades

Unknown

Plusoptix Vision Screener4

Founded in 2001, Plusoptix creates Vision Technology for Eye Care Professionals, Schools, Charities and Pediatricians- manufacturer of the plusoptiX S09 and S12 Vision Screeners and A09 and A12 Pediatric Autorefractor – a binocular hand-held autorefractor/photoscreener which is reliable and simple to use. The Plusoptix photoscreening devices, the S12c and S16 are two of the best on the market.

Plusoptix Vision Screener

Mission:

The purpose of a Plusoptix Vision Screening device is to empower primary health care providers to detect most prevalent vision disorders as early as possible. The earlier a vision disorder is detected the better it can be treated.

Clinical Efficacy5

Studies

9

Specificity

88%

Sensitivity

83%

PPV

87%

Inconclusives

23%

Detects:

  • Myopia
  • Hyperopia
  • Anisometropia
  • Astigmatism
  • Anisocoria
  • Strabismus

Workflow

EHR integration

Partial: One-Way compatible with S16 and S12C models

Bulk Patient Entry

Yes

Enterprise User Management

No

Instant Results

Yes

View Results on PC

Yes, if computer is one same wifi network

Price6

CPT Codes

99177 and LCIF Grants

Cost

$6,500

Service

plusOptix printer/freeware optional for the automatic printing of screening reports/label- approx $200

Warranty

One year warranty included + $295 extension per year

Software & Security

Soc 2 Certified

Unknown

HIPAA Compliant

Yes

Software Upgrades

Free online software updates included- recommended that individuals check the site once a year

The Winner: GoCheck Kids

Pediatrician standing with patient and mother after a successful gocheck kids screen

While all the photoscreeners are clinically validated, GoCheck Kids has superior economics and workflow.

Unlike Spot and Plusoptix, we provide immediate results and our clinical team remotely analyzes results to reduce false positives.

And unlike all other photoscreeners, our full bilateral EHR integration saves your staff time which accounts for thousands per year in cost savings. Not to mention, it takes only 34 seconds on average to perform the screen.

Furthermore, GoCheck Kids is on an iPhone, which increases the ease of getting an accurate screening. Children tend to be compliant because they regularly get their picture taken with a phone.

Lastly, there are no upfront costs, and all clinics receive a free trial period. Afterward, you lease the phones for $149 per month per phone. We provide discounts for healthcare systems that need many devices, and unlike Spot, Plusoptix and iScreen, service, support, and software upgrades are all-inclusive.

It’s no wonder that leading children’s hospitals Boston Children’s, Seattle Children’s, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford voted us the #1 Global Pediatric Health Innovator at SXSW 2018.

“GoCheck Kids is easy to implement throughout a large organization and the yield is higher than any other screen we perform.”

-Dr. Richard Loomis, Pediatric Division Chief, Sutter Health

“GoCheck Kids enabled us to stop missing kids and deliver on the AAP’s guidelines in the most cost- and time-efficient manner. To provide the best care for your kids, vision screen with GoCheck. Your parents will appreciate it.”

Dr. Natasha Burgert, Pediatrician, mom, blogger, and technophile.

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  • Teresa Buck

    Please send me information on how to purchase, cost, how it works etc. I am a Public Health Nurse looking for an efficient way to screen the children in my county.

    • Bryan Loomis

      Will do!

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