Spot Vision Screener

The Spot Vision Screener is one of the four top photoscreeners currently available on the market. So how does it stack up with the others?

Spot Vision Screener¹

welch allyn

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 Efficacy2

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

Price3

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

How Does the Spot Vision Screener Compare to Other Photoscreeners?

Below, we compare the top photoscreeners using four main components: workflow efficiency, clinical efficacy, cost over time, and modernized security. Those photoscreeners are Plusoptix, GoCheck Kids, Spot Vision Screener, and iScreen Vision.

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. Go here for a deeper analysis of all four photoscreeners.

  • Photoscreener
  • EHR Integration
  • Upfront Cost   
  • Per Device 5 Year Cost Estimate   
  • Screening Review   
  • Warranty/Upgrades Included   
  • CPT Codes   
  • Clinically Validated   
  • GoCheck Kids
  • $0
  • $8,940
  • 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
  • $8,940
  • 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
  • $8,940
  • 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

The Winner: GoCheck Kids

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

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

Unlike the Spot Vision Screener, in addition to providing immediate results, our clinical team remotely analyzes results to reduce false positives.

And unlike all other photoscreeners including the Spot Vision Screener, our bilateral EHR integration saves your staff time which accounts for thousands per year in cost savings. Not to mention, it takes under 60 seconds 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 have a monthly subscription for $169 per month per phone that you can cancel anytime. We provide discounts for healthcare systems that need many devices, and unlike the Spot Vision Screener, service, support, and software upgrades are all-inclusive.

It’s no wonder that GoCheck Kids has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Modern Healthcare, MobiHealthNews, and more.

Want to Learn More?

Set up a 15 Minute Exploratory Call with a Pediatric Success Manager.

More Info on 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.

GoCheck Kids Photoscreener and Visual Acuity Risk Factor Screens
GoCheck Kids Photoscreener and Visual Acuity Risk Factor Screens

Clinical Efficacy2

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.” 4

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

$149/month/phone

Service

Included

Warranty

Included

Software & Security

Soc 2 Certified

Yes

HIPAA Compliant

Yes

Software Upgrades

Yes

“You’re sort of like the warrior in the battle against kid’s blindness. What tool are you going to use in the battle against amblyopia blindness in your community?”

-Dr. Robert Arnold, Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Former Chairman of Vision Screening Committee for AAPOS

“I became a true believer when my ophthalmoscope showed nothing unusual in a 1-year-old and GoCheck Kids detected severe hyperopia. The pediatric optometrist was grateful that we caught it early.”

Dr. Kody Finstad, Pediatrician at a Health System in Nixa, MO

“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.

References:

1. https://www.welchallyn.com/en/products/categories/physical-exam/eye-exam/vision-screeners/spot-vision-screener.html

2. Arnold R, Armitage M. Performance of Four New Photoscreeners on Pediatric Patients With High Risk Amblyopia. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2014; 51: 46-52. doi: 10.3928/01913913-20131223-02

3. https://www.henryschein.com/us-en/medical/products/medical-equipment/diagnostic-equipment/Vision-screener.aspx

4. Silbert D, Arnold R. “Do we need to directly detect astigmatism when photoscreeing for ARFs?” Presented at the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Conference, 2015.