Using Cybersight telemedicine technology, Orbis International can teach procedures in real-time and mentor doctors-in-training abroad.
Orbis International, which operates the Flying Eye Hospital and is the world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, is best known for its charitable missions, where ophthalmologists travel to underserved countries and deliver sight-saving procedures aboard the (landed) aircraft.
However, it isn’t without great cost and effort. Teams of nurses, anesthesiologists, and biomedical engineers must be assembled, and travel doesn’t come cheap—especially when medical equipment needs to be transported.
But what if service could be delivered instantly, without the expenses or logistics of traveling? Thanks to Cybersight, a technology platform that digitally bridges the gap between volunteer ophthalmologists and trainee ophthalmologists, it can be.
Education at the click of a button
Cybersight uses real-time video, online courses, and an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-equipped consultation service to help train and mentor other ophthalmologists in low and middle-income countries.
Daniel E. Neely, MD, professor of ophthalmology, Midwest Eye Institute, Indiana School of Medicine, University of Indiana, IN, and medical advisor for Orbis, says, ultimately, the program’s goal is help rural and impoverished communities create sustainable methods of ophthalmic care which were previously unavailable.
The program fosters a mentor-mentee relationship between an accredited ophthalmologist and a trainee ophthalmologist who lives in an underserved part of the world.
“You can only send people and equipment to so many places, but you can go everywhere, an unlimited number of times, with technology,” Dr. Neely says. “That is the power and force-multiplier that technology provides us.”
Daniel E. Neely, MD
Dr. Neely is professor of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine Glick Eye Institute and specializes in all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology.
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