1. Optometry-facilitated teleophthalmology: an audit of the first year in Western Australia

    Optometry-facilitated teleophthalmology: an audit of the first year in Western Australia

    Background Lions Outback Vision has run a state-wide teleophthalmology service since 2011. In September 2015 the Australian federal government introduced a Medicare reimbursement for optometry-facilitated teleophthalmology consultations under specific circumstances. This audit demonstrates the first 12 months experience with this scheme. We aim to provide practical insights for others looking to embed a telemedicine program as part of delivering outreach clinical services. Methods A 12-month retrospective audit was performed between September 2015 and August 2016, inclusive. A research officer used a specifically designed data extraction tool to record information from all teleophthalmology consultations performed in the time period. The primary ...

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