Online eye care in prisons in Western Australia

Citation
K. Yogesan et al., Online eye care in prisons in Western Australia, J TELEMED T, 7, 2001, pp. 63-64
Citations number
5
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Health Care Sciences & Services
Journal title
JOURNAL OF TELEMEDICINE AND TELECARE
ISSN journal
1357-633X → ACNP
Volume
7
Year of publication
2001
Supplement
2
Pages
63 - 64
Database
ISI
SICI code
1357-633X(2001)7:<63:OECIPI>2.0.ZU;2-7
Abstract
In prisons, prison medical officers provide general medical care. However, if specialist care is needed then the prisoner is transported to a speciali st medical centre. This is a costly procedure and prison escapes occur duri ng transportation. We have tested our Internet-based eye care system in pri sons in Western Australia. Medical and ophthalmic history, visual acuity an d intraocular pressure were stored in a browser-based multimedia database. Digital images of the retina and the external eye were recorded and transmi tted to a central server. Based on the medical data and the digital images, the specialist ophthalmologist could provide a diagnosis within 24 h. Elev en patients (mean age 48, range 30-82 years) were reviewed during two separ ate visits to a maximum-security prison in Western Australia. Our main aim was to train prison medical officers and nurses to operate the portable oph thalmic imaging instruments and to use the Internet-based eye care system. The outcome of the pilot study indicated that considerable savings could be made in transport costs and the security risk could be reduced. The Minist ry of justice in Western Australia has decided to implement telemedicine se rvices to provide regular ophthalmic consultation to its prisons.