Telehealth Eye Care

What is telemedicine? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telemedicine as using information technology to deliver health care services for diagnosis, treatment and prevention and for research and continuing education, particularly when geographical barriers are an obstacle to traditional methods.What is telehealth service? The American Optometric Association (AOA) position statement categorizes telehealth as follows:

Live interactive eye and vision

Telehealth services use videoconferencing as a core technology. Participants are separated by distance but interact in real-time.

Store-and-forward eye and vision

Telehealth services refers to methods of providing asynchronous consultations to referring providers of patients.

Eye and vision remote patient monitoring

Telehealth services refer to personal health and medical data collected from an individual in one location via electronic communication, which is then transmitted to a provider in a different location for use in care coordination and related support.”