Remote ophthalmology services: Cost comparison of telemedicine and alternative service delivery options

Sajeesh Kumar Kamala Raghavan, Mei Ling Tay-Kearney, Francisco Chaves, Ian J. Constable, Kanagasingam Yogesan

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Abstract

We calculated the cost of an established tele-ophthalmology service, from a health-provider's perspective, and compared this with the cost of three other existing eye-care service delivery options. During a 12-month study period, 118 persons took part in the tele-ophthalmology consultations between a rural clinic located approximately 900 km from the Lions Eye Institute in Perth. The variable costs of tele-ophthalmology were $166.89 (Australian dollars) per patient, and the alternatives cost $445.96, $271.48 and $665.44 per patient. Tele-ophthalmology incurred a set-up cost of $13,340. The threshold at which tele-ophthalmology became cheaper than any of the alternative options occurred at a workload of 128 patients. Tele-ophthalmology offers a viable alternative to conventional eye-care service in rural and remote areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Telemedicine
Ophthalmology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Lions
Workload
Health Services
Referral and Consultation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)

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Remote ophthalmology services : Cost comparison of telemedicine and alternative service delivery options. / Kamala Raghavan, Sajeesh Kumar; Tay-Kearney, Mei Ling; Chaves, Francisco; Constable, Ian J.; Yogesan, Kanagasingam.

In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 19-22.

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Kamala Raghavan, Sajeesh Kumar ; Tay-Kearney, Mei Ling ; Chaves, Francisco ; Constable, Ian J. ; Yogesan, Kanagasingam. / Remote ophthalmology services : Cost comparison of telemedicine and alternative service delivery options. In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2006 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 19-22.
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