Bringing Eye Care to Thousands in India

Posted on September 11, 2006  Comments (4)

New wireless networking system brings eye care to thousands in India

With high-speed links to the hospital, three of the clinics, also known as vision centers, screen about 1,500 patients each month. (Numbers are not yet available for the two other centers, which came online in May 2006.) Centers are run by a nurse trained in eye care. Patients first see the nurse, then spend about five minutes on a web camera consulting with an Aravind doctor. If the doctor determines that a closer examination or an operation is necessary, the patient is given a hospital appointment.

Another great example of applying technology to improve people’s lives. More on appropriate technology projects. It is great to see the focus on improving people’s lives, and using technology to do so.

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4 Responses to “Bringing Eye Care to Thousands in India”

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  3. Matthew
    April 6th, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    It’s about time we started to do something for those of whom are not as fortunate as us as they have no where to turn. We are lucky to live in such an advanced society with life getting easier as each year passes. It would be nice to see the same standard of health care across the world if you are in need of medical attention you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get it that is the worst time to have to work for it.

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    July 17th, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

    The researchers see this technology as an opportunity to increase access to eye-care services as well as to improve the ability to advise on patient care remotely.

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