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Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy, Retina, Imaging & Diagnostics

ROP in the Digital Era

At a Glance

  • Worldwide, ROP continues to be a leading cause of childhood blindness, and the traditional standard of care is indirect ophthalmoscopy performed at the bedside
  • There are multiple challenges with the current care paradigm for ROP, including time-intensity of the exam, logistical challenges, and high medicolegal liability
  • As such, the numbers of skilled ophthalmologists willing to perform ROP examinations are declining, and access to ROP care can be limited
  • Telemedicine may improve standards of ROP care, but there are still barriers to overcome

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About the Author

Michael F. Chiang

Michael Chiang is the Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical Informatics, and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University, and leads the Oregon State Elks Center for Ophthalmic Informatics. Chiang’s clinical practice focuses on pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus, and retinopathy of prematurity, and he leads a group that studies the implementation and evaluation of information technologies for ophthalmic care.

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