The Evolution of Telemedicine in Eye Care
Dr. Timothy Petito shared his thoughts on telemedicine in eye care in the latest issue of Advances in Ophthalmology and Optometry.
- Telemedicine is here to stay, and its use will increase into the future.
- The existence of telemedicine creates a challenge for the health care system in defining its appropriate use.
- The use of remote data gathering should be included in the care of patients as indicated on a case-by-case basis and at the direction of the practitioner ordering the test or responsible for the care of the patient, just as all other testing approaches would be in the office or clinical setting.
- The prevailing standard of care should be adhered to regardless of whether the health care services are provided via in person interactions, telemedicine, or any combination thereof.