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Title Telemedical evaluation and management of retinopathy of prematurity using a fiberoptic digital fundus camera
Author(s) Schwartz SD, Harrison SA, Ferrone PJ, Trese MT
Source Ophthalmology, Vol. 107, No. 1, Pages 25-28
Publication Date Jan 2000
Abstract OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine whether retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) can be evaluated and managed telemedically. DESIGN: Multicenter noncomparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: Ten patients (19 eyes) with ROP were evaluated and treated per standard of care and imaged with the RetCam 120 digital fundus camera (Massie Research Laboratories, Inc., Dublin, CA). INTERVENTION: Images were transmitted to a remote site for evaluation and management recommendations. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Telemedical evaluations and management recommendations were compared with traditional on-site standard of care evaluations and treatments. RESULTS: The identification of Plus disease at the remote site was accurately identified in 95% of eyes. Prethreshold, threshold, and stage 4 or 5 ROP were correctly detected in 17 of 19 (89%) eyes. CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate ROP can be evaluated and treatment recommendations made at remote sites with telemedicine strategies.

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