Bringing ophthalmic care to the 21st century
Patients charts could be reviewed from a distance without the need for patients to physically travel, allowing better access to care for all.
Decreased Wait Times
The Canadian Institute for Health Information reveals that the wait times to see specialists have reduced from 20% – 90% due to telemedicine.
It is estimated that current telehealth in Canada has resulted in $55 million annual system cost avoidance, and $70 million in personal travel cost savings.
Eliminating multiple in-person visits regarding the same eye condition would reduce the number of days taken off for doctors’ visits for the patients.
Highly Trained Specialists
Increased access to highly trained specialists and subspecialists from across the country, which is not always possible, sometimes even in the tertiary care centres.
Higher Quality of Care
By enabling communication and exchange of ideas between eye care providers, the best solution could be presented for management of various ocular conditions.
Why Teleophthalmology With e-eyecare?
Teleophthalmology is a branch of telemedicine that delivers eye care through digital transfer of a patient’s information. Telemedicine is currently a well-established concept in various specialties of medicine; however, ophthalmic care is currently lagging behind. Most teleophthalmology programs focus on retinal diseases, nonetheless, by doing so, they miss many other ocular conditions that could easily and efficiently be treated.