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GoCheck Kids iPhone App makes children’s vision screening cost-effective, improves the patient experience and drives significant clinical and financial value for leading health systems

NASHVILLE, TN – GoCheck, creator of GoCheck Kids, an iPhone app used by over 6,500 pediatric care teams to detect vision impairment in pre-verbal children, announced its one-millionth child screened, with over 55,000 visual impairments flagged over the company’s history. 

Before GoCheck Kids, the only way for hospital systems to screen pre-verbal children was to purchase an expensive hardware device that costs more than $20,000 over several years, including repairs, warranties and manual workflow. Due to this financial barrier, most children do not receive the necessary testing they need during the vital period when treatment is possible. By leveraging the iPhone’s powerful operating system, intuitive design and ease of use, the GoCheck Kids app is able to lower health systems’ costs and improve deployment efficiencies. This makes vision screening a compelling proposition for organizations serving children regardless of their socio-economic status. 

“In our primary care practices at Nemours, we’ve found that when we bring together clinical quality and advanced technology, we can deliver state-of-the-art healthcare more efficiently to reduce friction and create a better patient care experience. GoCheck Kids is doing that with a solution that provides exceptional clinical results with a high return on investment,” said Dr. Jonathan Miller, Medical Director of Value-Based Care for Nemours Children’s Health System. “During our initial pilot of GoCheck Kids, we were pleased with the low-risk commitment provided by the minimal financial barrier to entry. Our continuous adoption of new and innovative technologies like GoCheck Kids enables our care teams to provide the kind of family-centered, cutting-edge care that our patients have come to know and trust.”

With GoCheck Kids, a nurse or technician takes a picture of the child’s eyes with an iPhone, and proprietary technology analyze the result, providing immediate information on the status of the child’s vision. This process provides the pediatrician with the information necessary to determine if the child should see an eye care professional for a full exam. The procedure, known as photoscreening, is reimbursed by most insurers and is considered the standard of pediatric care by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (AAPOS) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). By the end of 2019, GoCheck Kids will incorporate Apple CoreML (machine learning software) to improve image recognition, increase clinical efficacy and detect more disorders. GoCheck Kids is HIPAA compliant and data security, privacy, and ongoing protection are at the core of the company’s quality management system’s standard operating procedures.

“The research is clear, so much in a child’s life is transformed when they can see well their confidence, relationships, learning, and eventual educational and financial outcomes,” said Kevon Saber, CEO of GoCheck Kids. “While we’re proud of screening one million children, we won’t stop fighting until every child can see what they’re capable of.  We’re also thrilled to leverage our ever-growing image library and Core ML to support a new standard in pediatric healthcare.” 

According to the CDC, vision impairment is the most prevalent disabling condition in the U.S. GoCheck Kids is the first iPhone app registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to screen the one in four children under six-years-old that have a correctable vision impairment, including amblyopia. Amblyopia, the leading cause of vision loss in children, and most vision disorders are correctable if discovered through early detection. GoCheck Kids makes early screening affordable, reducing the cost by over 60 percent with its bi-directional EHR integrations, and by leveraging iOS technology. 

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About GoCheck

GoCheck, creator of GoCheck Kids, serves over 5,000 pediatric teams in their quest to prevent vision impairment, the most prevalent disabling condition among children in the U.S. and many countries. Vision diseases usually lead to compromised learning, blindness, and even death. GoCheck Kids made early screening affordable, reducing the cost by over 60% by leveraging the iPhone’s manufacturing scale. It’s also FDA-registered and CE certified. GoCheck is backed by Interwest Partners, FCA Venture Partners, Mucker Capital, Sovereign’s Capital and Marc Benioff (Salesforce founder/CEO).

 

About Nemours Children’s Health System

Nemours is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens, KidsHealth.org, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours ReadingBrightstart.org is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.

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CEO of multi-billion dollar healthcare lifestyle company joins board of directors to protect the potential of kids everywhere

NASHVILLE, TN (July 2, 2019) – GoCheck, creator of GoCheck Kids, an iPhone app used by over 4,500 pediatricians that screens for vision impairment in pre-verbal children, announced the addition of Donato Tramuto to its board of directors. Tramuto joins the board of notable individuals representing multiple areas of expertise in healthcare and ophthalmology.

Tramuto currently serves as the chief executive officer of Tivity Health, a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions with 75 million members. Through its existing networks including, Silver Sneakers®, Nutrisystem®, South Beach Diet®, Prime® Fitness and WholeHealth Living TM, Tivity Health is focused on targeted population health for those 50 and over.

“Every child has a vision of what they want to be one day, but how will they see it if they live with a debilitating vision impairment the rest of their life? GoCheck Kids is working to make sure that every child has the opportunity to live to their full potential,” said Donato Tramuto. “As someone who dealt with an impairment from a young age, I understand what it means to silently struggle from a with something beyond your control. That’s why what GoCheck Kids is doing is so important. They are helping children get the preventative care they need when they need it, all while lowering healthcare costs so everyone can see what life has to offer.”

Prior to his role at Tivity Health, Tramuto was the CEO and chairman of the board for Aptus Health (formerly Physicians Interactive, a division of Allscripts) which was sold to Merck Global Health Innovation Fund in 2013 with three million healthcare practitioner members, CEO of i3 (a division of UnitedHealth Group) where he lead the $300+ million global pharmaceutical services division of UnitedHealth Group, CEO and co-founder of Constella Health Strategies (formerly Protocare, Inc.) which integrated into UnitedHealth Group.

In addition to his roster of prestigious leadership positions, Tramuto is the founder and president of Health eVillages, a program of Physicians Interactive (now known as Aptus Health) and the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, which provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world.

“As we grow our company we’re thrilled to have Donato contribute his expertise. Over the years, he has helped build truly transformational companies that have impacted millions of lives, and as a member of our board he will be able to impact to millions of kids everywhere,” said Kevon Saber, GoCheck Kids’ CEO and board member. “He is one of the most respected healthcare leaders in the country and his passion for health care and access to care will make him an indispensable addition to our board of directors.”

In addition to Tramuto, the following healthcare leaders serve on GoCheck Kids’ Board:

  • David Huang, MD, PhD: Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of GoCheck Kids and co-inventor of Optical Coherence Tomography, the most widely used diagnostic in ophthalmology, Dr. Huang is the Peterson Professor of Ophthalmology and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Oregon Health & Science University. He has 21 issued patents.
  • Kevon Saber: Chief Executive Officer of GoCheck Kids, an experienced entrepreneur and mobile technology innovator.
  • Michelle Snyder: Michelle Snyder: Chief Marketing Officer for Welltok, Inc. the leading consumer health Saas platform; Early executive at Epocrates and currently serves on the advisory board of First Descents
  • Ben Chelf: Founding Partner of Elementum Ventures and co-founder of Coverity, a software quality and security company that was acquired by Synopsys. He is the head of the Venture Lab at the nonprofit Praxis, board chair of AnnieCannons and board member of The Veritas Forum.
  • Drew Harman: Venture Partner at InterWest Partners & Shasta Ventures. Drew is also a Director at Aria Systems, NewsCred, Splice Machine and CloudPassage.
  • Andrew Bouldin: Principal at FCA Venture Partners. He adds value to portfolio companies through operational advice, customer introductions, recruiting candidates, and assistance with financial initiatives and serves on seven of FCA’s portfolio companies boards of directors.

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    About GoCheck

    GoCheck, creator of GoCheck Kids, serves over 4,500 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. Vision diseases usually lead to compromised learning, blindness, and even death. GoCheck Kids made early screening affordable, reducing the cost by over 60% by leveraging the iPhone’s manufacturing scale. It’s also FDA-registered and CE certified.

    MEDIA CONTACT

    Andrew Young, PR & Events Manager

    Andrew.Young@GoCheckKids.com

    615-603-1574

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