Bill Frist joins Iowa company's board of directors

Retinal tech company to improve diagnostics

Retinal technology company IDx LLC announced today former Senator Bill Frist has joined the Iowa City-based company's board of directors.

"I believe the automated technologies that have driven productivity in American industry over the last century also have a role to play in healthcare, where they can dramatically enhance patient access to care and markedly improve patients' overall health," Frist said in a release. "IDx's unique approach to this problem is going to have a huge impact on medicine."

IDx uses retinal imaging to provide patient data on both eye and whole-body health. The company's newest medical device software detects diabetic retinopathy and was cleared for sale in Europe in 2013, though it has not yet been approved by the FDA.

"Senator Frist's focus on improving quality, efficiency and price in health care merges perfectly with IDx's goal to transform frontline diagnostics through advanced imaging and automation," said Dr. Michael Abramoff, IDx's founder and president. "We are immensely pleased to have him on board."