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Utilization and practical aspects of tele-ophthalmology between South Africa and the UK.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11576478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A tele-ophthalmology service was established between a regional hospital in South Africa and a specialist eye hospital in the UK. The aim of the service was to provide secondary specialist advice in the diagnosis and treatment of difficult ophthalmology cases in South Africa. Over 12 months, the South African medical officers saw 16,458 ophthalmology patients and would have liked a second opinion in 5.7% of these cases. Case discussions conducted by videoconferencing at 384 kbit/s were carried out in 0.5% of cases. No significant connection problems were experienced during the 12-month study period. On 4% of occasions, the case discussions were conducted at a bandwidth of 256 kbit/s, but this did not affect the quality of the still images. The South African medical officers valued the educational benefits gained from the case discussions with the UK specialists.
C Kennedy; A Van Heerden; C Cook; I Murdoch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of telemedicine and telecare     Volume:  7 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1357-633X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Telemed Telecare     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-28     Completed Date:  2002-01-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506702     Medline TA:  J Telemed Telecare     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Epidemiology and International Centre for Eye Health, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnostic Techniques, Ophthalmological*
Hospitals, District
Hospitals, Special
Interinstitutional Relations
Ophthalmology / methods
Remote Consultation / methods*
Telecommunications / standards

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