Yes, it is.
Although the software was developed for children, adult software is also available.
SchoolScreener® - for vision, hearing and BMI screening. The software manages entire, area-wide screening processes (i.e. town/county/state). For vision screening this includes the measuring of visual acuity, performing a blur test for hypermetropia and tests for colour vision. In regards to hearing screening, the software generates customised letters for parents, manages the referral pathway and generates management and audit reports. It uses a combination of software loaded onto a laptop and a cloud-based back-end for co-ordinating screening across multiple sites. Additional tests can be added (stereopsis and fixation disparity, for example) as can additional data fields if required.
SchoolScreener EZ® - is a simplified version of SchoolScreener® for vision screening in individual schools. It also automates the administration required for a single school, including communication to parents. Data can also be uploaded to School Information Systems. BMI screening can be added.
On average using the software will result in a c.75% saving, as many more children can be screened for the same budget.
The main savings are derived from:
There is no similar SchoolScreener® vision, hearing or BMI methods.
For vision screening the software simply measures crowded LogMAR acuity by presenting a crowded LogMAR stimulus on a computer screen rather than a card. The software reports in either crowded LogMAR or Snellen (Snellen is more widely used in the United States; crowded LogMAR is more widely used outside the US). Screening criteria are set according to local requirements in any town/district/county/territory/state.
The Hearing and BMI modules are set according to local requirements. For Hearing screening there are options for an on-screen game or manual testing. The advantage of the game is that it is impossible for the adult delivering the screening to lead the child’s responses.
BMI measuring is carried out as per current practice and the height and weight measurements are entered into the laptop. The software does the rest, including administration.
The advantage of using a computer screen rather than printed card is that the luminescence and contrast are not dependent on ambient illumination, which is very hard to control when screening in a school.
Additionally, the screener simply has to record the number of correctly identified letters and at each size, which virtually eliminates scoring and transcription errors. The software includes an interface (cartoon animation – for younger children) with instructions that help you to engage the child, making the test more accessible. The software is available in a vast number of languages.
Additional value is added by the software completely managing all back office administration, including:
The software manages screening quality according to a locality’s screening criteria, and calculates/reports on the results. Clinicians and management remain in full control. if no local criteria are available the system defaults to the UK’s National Health Service’s requirements.
There is no manual data input or output, thereby eliminating transcription errors.
SchoolScreener® and SchoolScreener EZ® conform to all national data compliance requirements including GDPR.
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Yes, if the information is retained it can be transferred between schools.
No, there is no limit.
Visual acuity and distance vision screening takes a couple of minutes (less for passes). Colour vision screening takes roughly a minute.
We use the Neitz Test (University of Washington; Professor Jay Neitz). This consists of using the printed Neitz Test card with the screener clicking on the screen according to the child’s response. The software analyses the outcome and reports back. We chose the Neitz test because no common standard for colour representation on computer screens exists. We have worked closely with Professor Neitz to deliver the testing within SchoolScreener®.
Additional interfaces exist for older children. New interfaces and languages are being added regularly. If you have a particular requirements (age group, ethnicity or style) please email us and we are happy to consider adding any new ideas.
The data is uploaded from an Excel or CSV file. This is suitable for most systems. If you require further integration, please contact us with your requirements.
Department of Optometry, City University, London (England) by a team lead by Professor David Thomson, Life Fellow, The College of Optometrists.
In the UK, the primary target conditions are amblyopia, significant myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism. Other conditions may be detected as part of the screening, but are not considered as target conditions by the UK’s National Health Service.
Parents should receive clear and unequivocal instructions in the form of a written report. A clear pathway should be in place to ensure that those children who fail the screening receive a secondary examination and an appropriate intervention, if required.
Mechanisms should be in place to audit the entire screening process including information about the number of children screened, the numbers who fail the screening, the proportion of fail positives who received a secondary examination and the positive predictive value.
SchoolScreener® provides a series of tools to facilitate and manage the screening process so that the service is clinician led through the reporting from the software (as granular as outcome by screener) but screening need not be delivered by a clinician.
The screening kit consists of: