Emergency eye care in rural Australia: Role of internet

Sajeesh Kumar Kamala Raghavan, K. Yogesan, B. Hudson, M. L. Tay-Kearney, I. J. Constable

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Purpose: Significant differences exist in the utilization of emergency eye care services in rural and urban Australia. Meanwhile, influence of internet-based technology in emergency eye care service utilization has not been established. This study aims to demonstrate, from a health provider perspective, an internet-based service's impact on emergency eye care in rural Australia. Methods: The teleophthalmology service was initiated in the Carnarvon Regional Hospital (CRH) of the Gascoyne region in Western Australia. A digital, slit lamp and fundus camera were used for the service. Economic data was gathered from the Department of Health of Western Australia (DOHWA), the CRH and the Lions Eye Institute. Results: During the study period (January-December, 2003) 118 persons took part in teleophthalmology consultations. Emergency cases constituted 3% of these consultations. Previous year, there were seven eye-related emergency evacuations (inter-hospital air transfers) from the Gascoyne region to City of Perth. Conclusions: Analysis demonstrates implementation of internet-based health services has a marked impact on rural emergency eye care delivery. Internet is well suited to ophthalmology for the diagnosis and management of acute conditions in remote areas. Integration of such services to mainstream health care is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1342-1344
Number of pages3
JournalEye
Volume20
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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Emergency Medical Services
Internet
Western Australia
Emergencies
Referral and Consultation
Lions
Health
Ophthalmology
Health Services
Emergency
World Wide Web
Air
Economics
Technology
Delivery of Health Care

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  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

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Kamala Raghavan, S. K., Yogesan, K., Hudson, B., Tay-Kearney, M. L., & Constable, I. J. (2006). Emergency eye care in rural Australia: Role of internet. Eye, 20(12), 1342-1344. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.eye.6702104

Emergency eye care in rural Australia : Role of internet. / Kamala Raghavan, Sajeesh Kumar; Yogesan, K.; Hudson, B.; Tay-Kearney, M. L.; Constable, I. J.

In: Eye, Vol. 20, No. 12, 01.01.2006, p. 1342-1344.

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Kamala Raghavan, SK, Yogesan, K, Hudson, B, Tay-Kearney, ML & Constable, IJ 2006, 'Emergency eye care in rural Australia: Role of internet', Eye, vol. 20, no. 12, pp. 1342-1344. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.eye.6702104
Kamala Raghavan SK, Yogesan K, Hudson B, Tay-Kearney ML, Constable IJ. Emergency eye care in rural Australia: Role of internet. Eye. 2006 Jan 1;20(12):1342-1344. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.eye.6702104
Kamala Raghavan, Sajeesh Kumar ; Yogesan, K. ; Hudson, B. ; Tay-Kearney, M. L. ; Constable, I. J. / Emergency eye care in rural Australia : Role of internet. In: Eye. 2006 ; Vol. 20, No. 12. pp. 1342-1344.
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