Ophthalmology The experimentation of remote visiting in Trentino

25/03/2021 By

Last year, the health crisis due to the Coronavirus forced the Multiarea Ophthalmology Unit of the Rovereto and Trento Hospitals to interrupt regular outpatient care. This suspension caused the buildup, by early May, of up to 2000 visits that had to be rescheduled.

So how can we correct this situation? The solution was found by the hospital’s doctors and orthoptists who decided to experiment with new organizational methods that would allow patients to receive care at a distance, without them having to move from home, and thus avoiding crowding at the clinics.

With the support of TrentinoSalute4.0, and thanks to the technology available, healthcare professionals developed a remote management model to maintain continuity of care for non-emergency ophthalmology patients. Thanks to the TreC Ophthalmology App, patients can connect with their doctors via chat and virtual visit, take vision tests before the vritual visit and send them as attachments. The orthoptists, doctors or healthcare professionals can thus telemonitor the patients and connect with them from the clinic remotely, without patients having to leave their homes.

Mainly used in large countries with long distances between cities (e.g. USA, Australia, Northern Europe), the potential of Teleophthalmology (Teleoculistics) has not yet been explored in our country. In Italy, despite the increase in the number of documents licensed in support of telemedicine in recent years, there are no guidelines specifically dedicated to Teleophthalmology.

In the video we show how the department is organized and how Televisita virtual visits works with the TreC Ophthalmology App.

Images recorded in July 2020 at the Rovereto Hospital and at a patient’s home.

About the Author

Marzia Lucianer: Marzia Lucianer, giornalista scientifica, responsabile Press Office and Digital Communication di TrentinoSalute4.0