Published February 2011
Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications. Closely associated with telemedicine is the term telehealth, often used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare other than clinical service. Telehealth holds the promise of increased adherence to evidenced-based medicine, improved consistency of care and reduced cost. Goals for an ocular telehealth program include preserving vision, reducing vision loss, and providing better access to medical care.
Telehealth Practice Recommendations for Diabetic Retinopathy presents recommendations for designing, implementing, and sustaining an ocular telehealth care program. It also addresses current DR telehealth clinical, technical, and administrative issues that form the basis for evaluating DR telehealth techniques and technologies. These recommendations are consistent with recent federal legislation and industry best practices that emphasize interoperable health information exchange. This document will be reviewed periodically and revised to reflect evolving technologies, regulations, and clinical guidelines.