Telemedicine Useful in Detecting Retinopathy of Prematurity

Source: Reuters Health

Telemedicine has similar accuracy to ophthalmoscopy in detecting clinically significant retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), researchers say, according to a report in Reuters Health.

“ROP is a leading cause of childhood blindness in the U.S. and throughout the world, yet it is often difficult to find qualified ophthalmologists to care for infants with this disease,” Dr. Michael Chiang of Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland told Reuters Health.

“Telemedicine has potential to improve the quality, accessibility, and cost of ROP care,” he said by email.

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