Lexisnexi: Can you be sued for having an inappropriate retinal scan?
Lexis Nexis® risk solutions are not a medical device, but a risk management tool for consumers to be aware of before they seek treatment.
The new products are designed to provide more information on the risk associated with certain retinal scanning procedures.
A number of these retinal implants are now available through the company’s online store, but there are also other options, such as an app that can help consumers monitor their vision and monitor symptoms associated with a retinal exam.
“There’s a growing concern that the risk of a procedure that is commonly performed, is not fully understood by the consumer, and is often not accompanied by the proper training or awareness,” said Matt McGlothlin, vice president and general manager of Lexis’ risk solutions business.
“So it’s important that we have tools that are available to consumers that can better help consumers make informed decisions about their retinal imaging.”
The company has released a few apps for iOS and Android, including one called the Lexis EyeScope app, that can be downloaded for free.
The app, which allows users to view the current retinal image and scan it for any potential problems, will notify users of potential problems or warning signs.
McGlathlin said the app is designed for consumers who are new to retinal implant development.
“If you’ve never done retinal surgery before, you don’t know what’s happening,” McGlotlin said.
“And it’s easy to miss a small problem or misidentify a problem.”
The Lexis eyeScope app can be accessed for free through the Lexie Vision app, or through a subscription model.
The company is offering a $5 annual subscription that includes the Lexia EyeScope for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
This subscription includes the ability to purchase additional apps and other content from the Lexias online store.
“It’s important for consumers that they have the knowledge that there are different ways to be safer,” McGathlin explained.
“For example, there are ways that you can avoid having the procedure done, you can have a safe retinal procedure.”
The new apps also help consumers identify risks associated with different retinal exams, and warn users about the potential dangers of unnecessary procedures, such a an elective or invasive procedure.
“The more we know about what’s going on in the body, the more we can prevent this kind of procedure from ever happening,” said McGlottin.
“We can prevent a lot of this unnecessary surgery that occurs, so that people are not going to get hurt or hurt themselves.”