Remote ophthalmology servies : cost comparison of telemedicine and alternative service delivery options

S. Kumar, Mei-Ling Tay-Kearney, F. Chaves, Ian Constable, Yogesan Kanagasingam

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Abstract

We calculated the cost of an established tele-ophthalmology service, from a health-provider's perspective, and compared this with the cost of three other existing eye-care service delivery options. During a 12-month study period, 118 persons took part in the tele-ophthalmology consultations between a rural clinic located approximately 900 km from the Lions Eye Institute in Perth. The variable costs of tele-ophthalmology were $166.89 (Australian dollars) per patient, and the alternatives cost $445.96, $271.48 and $665.44 per patient. Tele-ophthalmology incurred a set-up cost of $13,340. The threshold at which tele-ophthalmology became cheaper than any of the alternative options occurred at a workload of 128 patients. Tele-ophthalmology offers a viable alternative to conventional eye-care service in rural and remote areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-22
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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