FAQ

The Basics

Why Use GoCheck Kids?

Pediatricians, schools and health systems use GoCheck Kids to detect vision problems that can cause blindness and impair learning because it:

  • Is the only comprehensive vision screening app (mobile photoscreening and digital visual acuity)
  • Meets professional screening recommendations throughout childhood 1-5
  • Has been clinically validated and proven in practice (hundreds of thousands of screenings and counting)
  • Costs nothing up front, has low monthly subscription
  • Is eligible for reimbursement using CPT® codes 99174, 99177
  • Communicates with electronic health records (EHR)
  • Provides HIPAA compliance, privacy and security
How can I get GoCheck Kids?

Download a free demo version of the app, or contact a representative for a 60-day risk-free trial of the Full Practice Suite.

What is included in the GoCheck Kids Full Practice Suite?

The GoCheck Kids Full Practice Suite includes the following features:

  • Photoscreening and digital VA
  • Dedicated device(s) for your practice
  • Integrated patient info
  • Secure, cloud-based, HIPAA compliant online results portal
  • EHR workflow communication
  • Third-party reimbursement support
  • Training
What is included in the free GoCheck Kids demo app?

The GoCheck Kids demo app includes:

  • Photoscreening
  • Digital visual acuity (VA)

The demo app does not include integrated patient information or data storage.

How much does GoCheck Pro Kids cost?

A demo version of GoCheck Kids can be downloaded for free. This includes limited photoscreening and digital VA capabilities, but no results reporting or data storage. The GoCheck Kids Full Practice Suite is available for zero up-front costs and a nominal monthly subscription fee that includes both photoscreening and digital VA. New users can also try the full app with a risk-free 60-day trial.

What type of smartphone is required?

The GoCheck Kids demo app is optimized for iPhone® 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s, with OS 8.0 or higher. iPhone 6 required for photoscreening.

 

For convenience, trial users and subscribers will be provided with a smartphone preloaded with the GoCheck Kids Full Practice Suite at no cost.

What ages can be screened using GoCheck Kids?

GoCheck Kids can be used throughout childhood. Photoscreening is recommended by the AAP for children ages 12 months to 5 years, and digital visual acuity is recommended for use in children aged 4 and over1.

What reporting is available for GoCheck Kids?

The GoCheck Kids Full Practice Suite provides username and password protected reporting on both the phone and the GoCheck Kids Web portal. All reports can be viewed on the phone, and reports can be viewed, printed, and exported for use with the patient’s EHR using the Web portal. Screening reports are automatically saved so you can compare outcomes over time.

Does reporting with GoCheck Kids communicate with an EHR system?

Yes. A patient’s results can be exported and saved to the patient’s EHR. Contact a GoCheck Kids representative for more information.

Does GoCheck Kids have a HIPAA Compliance Statement?

Yes. See our Legal / Privacy information.

Photoscreening

Is there a need for early photoscreening?

Yes.

  • 15%-20% of children are at risk for amblyopia6
  • Only 22% of preschoolers are screened7
  • Amblyopia treatment efficacy declines starting at age 56
Why should I photoscreen?

Photoscreening offers a practical, objective way to do early vision screening in young children. Other types of vision screenings, including wall charts, require a behavioral response and can be difficult to administer for children who are pre-verbal, pre-literate, developmentally delayed, or for some other reason noncompliant. Further, photoscreening is recommended for children aged 12 months to 5 years by the AAP1, and for children as young as 6 months of age by the2:

  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)3
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)4
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)2
Why should I photoscreen with GoCheck Kids?

Photoscreening with GoCheck Kids helps healthcare providers detect vision problems that can cause amblyopia (anisometropia, myopia, and hyperopia), as well as associated learning impairment. It can be used in children as young as 6 months of age, allowing for early and effective treatment that can help prevent permanent vision loss1,3-5Treatment efficacy declines starting at age 56. Further, GoCheck Kids:

  • Uses a single photo to detects risk factors in real time
  • Provides immediate results
  • Meets professional recommendations for photoscreening1-5
  • Has been clinically validated
  • Has sensitivity and specificity similar to high-cost screeners
  • Is optimized for high specificity, minimizing over-referrals
  • Can be reimbursed using CPT® code 99174
How does photoscreening with GoCheck Kids work?

Using a smartphone’s camera and flash, GoCheck Kids Photoscreening detects and analyzes a child’s retinal “red” reflex to help determine amblyopia risk factors, including anisometropia, myopia, and hyperopia. An image of the child’s eyes is taken and then the software analyzes the image and provides an immediate result.

What is required to set up GoCheck Kids Photoscreening?

There are only a few requirements for setting up photoscreening with GoCheck Kids. Minimal training time is required due to its ease-of-use, and only minor adjustments must be made to the photoscreening environment to ensure proper image resolution and detail. Specifically, the ambient lighting must be dim enough to encourage enlarged pupils (≥4.5 mm) and testing must be done at 40”. A wireless Internet connection is also required. Several support materials are available from GoCheck Kids to help make the integration process as seamless as possible.

Is the cost of photoscreening with GoCheck Kids reimbursable?

Yes, depending on the policies of each insurance company. Because GoCheck Kids is an instrument-based photoscreening device it is eligible for reimbursement under CPT 99174 and 99177. However, not all insurance companies reimburse for this billing code. Subscribers will be provided with third-party reimbursement support.

How can I get GoCheck Kids Photoscreening for my practice?

Download a free demo version of the app, or contact a representative for a 60-day risk-free trial of the Full Practice Suite.

Digital Visual Acuity (VA)

What is GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?

GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity (VA) is a “gameified” version of a traditional wall chart screening that’s done on a smartphone. It is not only engaging for kids, but also more efficient for practices (compared to traditional wall charts)7. Watch a short video demonstration of GoCheck Kids Digital VA to learn more.

Why should I use GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?
  • Meets the AAP’s VA testing recommendations for children aged 4 and over1
  • Saves time compared to wall charts7
  • Eliminates tester bias
  • Makes it possible to screen patients from just about anywhere, with 5’ testing distance
How does GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity work?

GoCheck Kids Digital VA works by using the accelerometer built into the phone to sense the user’s motion. A line of either HOTV or RKZS letters are presented, depending on the child’s age. The child indicates which direction the bottom letter needs to move in order to align with the letter in the top line. The phone is tilted from side to side to move the bottom letter.  Once aligned, the child gives the “thumbs up.” The user then tilts the phone down toward the child to accept. Testing results are provided immediately, and are based on the child’s matching accuracy. Watch a short video demonstration of GoCheck Kids Digital VA to learn more.

What testing options are available with GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?

The full-featured GoCheck Kids app gives subscribers the ability to select one of two types of digital VA testing methods: threshold or critical line. With threshold VA, the child reads multiple lines of optotypes; with critical line VA, the child reads one line of age-appropriate optotypes. Learn more about these options on our blog.

What is the difference between threshold VA and critical line VA?

Threshold VA and critical line VA are both efficient and effective methods for vision screening. Both methods are also clinically validated. Critical line VA is about 50% faster than threshold, as children are only required to read a single line. However, threshold VA provides more specific results reporting. For both types of VA, GoCheck Kids provides immediate results, so children who are found to have risk factors can be referred right away for a complete eye exam. Learn more on our blog.

Do I need to purchase GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity separately?

No. Digital VA is included with a low-cost monthly subscription to the GoCheck Kids Full Practice Suite.

What ages can be screened with GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity?

Digital VA is ideal for use in children aged 4 and over, based on AAP vision screening recommendations1.

How can I get GoCheck Kids Digital Visual Acuity for my practice?

Download a free demo version of the app, or contact a representative for a 60-day risk-free trial of the Full Practice Suite.

References
  1. American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, Section on Ophthalmology, American Association of Certified Orthoptists, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, American Academy of Ophthalmology. Visual system assessment in infants, children, and young adults by pediatricians: policy statement. Pediatrics. 2016;137:1-3
  2. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Vision Screening for Infants and Children. A joint statement of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. http://www.aapos.org/client_data/files/2014/337_visionscreeningforinfantsandchildren_2013.pdf. Accessed August 3, 2016.
  3. American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Vision Screening Recommendations. http://aapos.org/terms/conditions/131. Accessed August 3, 2016.
  4. US Preventive Services Task Force. Vision Screening for Children 1 to 5 Years of Age: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Pediatrics. 2011;127:340-346.
  5. Donahue SP, Arthur B, Neely DE, Arnold RW, Silbert D, Rubin JR. Guidelines for automated preschool vision screening: A 10-year, evidence-based update. J AAPOS. 2013;17(1):4-8.
  6. Salcido AA, Bradley J, Donahue SP. Predictive value of photoscreening and traditional screening of preschool children. J AAPOS. 2005;9(2):114-120.