December 2002
Volume 43, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   December 2002
Teleconsultation Procedures in Vitreoretinal Surgery
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • C Azzolini
    Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University Hospital San Raffaele Milano Italy
  • S Ciaccia
    Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University Hospital San Raffaele Milano Italy
  • A Golinelli
    Science Park Raf Milano Italy
  • A Mason
    Science Park Raf Milano Italy
  • R Brancato
    Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University Hospital San Raffaele Milano Italy
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   C. Azzolini, None; S. Ciaccia, None; A. Golinelli, None; A. Mason, None; R. Brancato, None.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science December 2002, Vol.43, 3536. doi:
  • Views
  • Share
  • Tools
    • Alerts
      This feature is available to authenticated users only.
      Sign In or Create an Account ×
    • Get Citation

      C Azzolini, S Ciaccia, A Golinelli, A Mason, R Brancato; Teleconsultation Procedures in Vitreoretinal Surgery . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):3536.

      Download citation file:

      © ARVO (1962-2015); The Authors (2016-present)

  • Supplements

Abstract: : Purpose:To assess the feasibility and utility of realistic methods of videoteleconsultation (VTC) in vitreoretinal surgical. diseases Methods:110 physician-to-physician VTC on vitreoretinal diseases were performed via ISDN lines (98 VTC) or satellite link-transmission (12 VTC) between 6 sites in Italy. The transfer of medical information (clinical data, images) was performed through a complete new dedicated internet site using a common special integrated real-time electronic board. 75 VTC were performed on surgical follow-up, 35 on second opinion consultation. A patient was present near the physician in 51 VTC. Each VTC was evaluated through a question-score-system giving an insufficent/sufficient/good/optimum judgement. Results:Access evaluation (right care at the right time): good. Acceptability evaluation (degree of users’ satisfaction): sufficent. Medical quality evaluation (data quality transfer, medical efficacy): good. Cost/benefit evaluation: good. Globally, results were better in VTC regarding surgical follow-up cases. Conclusion:Nowadays current technology allows VTC in vitreoretinal surgery. ISDN transmission was more comfortable and reliable than satellite transmission. Our main difficulties were: long physicians’ training; to focus and elaborate our VTC standards, data transfer technology and users’ satisfaction evaluation procedures.

Keywords: 351 clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: health care delivery/economics/manpower • 356 clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: systems/equipment/techniques • 628 vitreoretinal surgery 

This PDF is available to Subscribers Only

Sign in or purchase a subscription to access this content. ×

You must be signed into an individual account to use this feature.