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The Indigenous tele-eye care project is a research project which aims to investigate the practical delivery of telehealth eye care services in rural and remote areas across Australia. The project will evaluate the clinical outcomes and technical performance of these services over satellite broadband.
The research will involve testing a low-cost eye screening system called Remote-i in three regional and remote locations including:
Screening with the Remote-i system will take place at these sites by trained health workers in venues such as a community health centre or an aged care facility connected to satellite broadband. Health workers will upload retinal images from the Remote-i system and send them to an ophthalmologist (who will often be based in a clinic in a metropolitan area) who will then examine the images. This overcomes the need to attend a live consultation with an ophthalmologist which can be extremely difficult for a person living in a regional or remote area of Australia where access to these specialist health services are limited or non-existent.
The project is being delivered by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in partnership with WA Health, WA Country Health Service, the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service and the of Australian Society of Ophthalmologists. The project is funded by the Australian Government under the National broadband network enabled telehealth pilots program.
Abstract adapted from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Dr Yogesan Kanagasingam
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Australian e-Health Research Centre
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