When the television was first created by Scottish inventor John Logie Baird,
people dismissed it as a passing fad and a novelty. Slowly, but surely, this strange
and somewhat insidious new technology became more and more common — and eventually, it became a normal household item.
Arguably — and we’re stressing that word here — one of television’s biggest moments was the launch of MTV,
and we’re all familiar with a certain song about that… Fast forward to today, and television’s distant descendent: ลาวสามัคคี วีไอพี
telemedicine, something that’s been on our lips almost constantly for the last 18 months thanks to COVID-19.
Shuttered clinics and lockdowns meant the medical community had to experiment with how to offer consultations and monitor patients.
Video may have killed the radio star (as sung by The Buggles), but telemedicine’s impact is generally recognized to be of tremendous benefit to clinicians and patients alike.
Wisdom from the Athens of the north The AOI Symposium: Improving Education and Care by Telemedicine was one of the seminars running on
Day 6 of the 36th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Virtual Congress (APAO 2021),
and it offered great insight into some of the lessons learned regarding telemedicine during COVID-19.
As part of the symposium, we heard from the former CEO of Allergan, David Pyott, who spoke about his alma mater’s
(the University of Edinburgh in Scotland) work in expanding the range of telemedicine services available to ophthalmologists.
Dr. Pyott also donated to the University of Edinburgh to create the David E.I. Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship, kudos!
On to the lessons of telemedicine though, and as you can imagine, geographical location plays a considerable role in how patients are able to access treatment.
We heard from Dr. Anthony Vipin Das, a consultant ophthalmologist at the LV Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad, India),
who described the lessons he learned about telemedicine during the pandemic. His presentation, Telemedicine
and Telediagnosis at the LV Prasad, focused particularly on the acute differences between treating patients via telemedicine in rural and urban locations
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