On June 12, 2003, ORBIS officially launched the Cyber-Sight® initiative. This week marks the 10th Anniversary of this telemedicine initiative. Cyber-Sight was initiated by Dr. Eugene Helveston after a 1998 hospital-based program in Cuba, with a vision for adding continuity to local hands-on training programs by connecting doctors from a distance through appropriate and available technology. ORBIS volunteer medical faculty offer online assistance to local doctors in diagnosing and treating patients while giving them the opportunity to grow in skills and confidence.
“A difficult case is a challenge for any doctor and a second opinion from an experienced specialist cannot be replaced with anything else. This kind of information is not always available in books. On the other side, to prepare such a case is a stimulus to improve my knowledge, to update my professional skills. This program helps me a lot for diagnosis and treatment. It was like the mentor was in the consulting room and told me what to do,” Dr. Luminata Teodorecu of Romania, one of Cyber-Sight’s early partners.
The initiative now encompasses not only E-Consultation for patient care, but also online ophthalmic education, teaching, and clinical care resources for eye care professionals. As a result, the training of hundreds of physicians and ophthalmic care providers around the world has been enhanced through over 8,000 patient consultations and more than 19,000 ophthalmic courses completed online.
Learn more about Cyber-Sight: http://www.cybersight.org