Glimpses of the Future: Virtual Clinics at Moorfields
In the UK, just 1,500 ophthalmologists manage nine million outpatient appointments each year. This imbalance in supply and demand is untenable – and begs for the efficiencies promised by digital technology
Dawn Sim |
Ophthalmologists rely on – and are trapped by – devices and instruments that run on incompatible software systems. Ophthalmic services would benefit enormously from IT solutions that enable communication between these systems. The development of an integrated IT platform accessible for all – GPs, optometrists, ophthalmologists – could save time, reduce service fragmentation and eliminate sources of error (loss of information, scan mix-ups). For example, improved IT connectivity would assist optometrist-led referrals into secondary care – without the need to go via a GP – which would speed up referrals and relieve GPs of some of the ophthalmology referral burden.
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