At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, doctor Thomas C. Lee, a pediatric retina surgeon, is using telemedicine to educate Armenian doctors on surgical procedures for premature infants suffering from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). ROP occurs three times as often in Armania in comparison to the USA and causes permanent blindness in both eyes. Surgery can prevent blindness for these infants but the operation must be performed within two days of the child’s birth.
The Armenian Eyecare Project approached Lee in 2009 and has been working with him since, using telemedicine tools to provide a cost effective educational program. This educational program teaches Armenian surgeons how to diagnose ROP and perform vision saving procedures. In 2017, Lee has been using telemedicine video monitoring to mentor and teach surgeons in the operating room. To date, 4,437 infants have been screened for ROP and 309 procedures have been done to treat ROP.
Since 2016 Lee has been using Microsoft technology which has reduced lag time and buffering greatly. Lee believes that this technology can be used in remote cities throughout the US as well as in third world countries all over the world. This would improve the quality of care in such areas. Telehealth communication is an extremely efficient way to educate doctors in rural areas.
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