Albert S. Khouri, M.D., says ophthalmic care lends itself to telehealth because it is image based. As with many other areas of medicine, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated adoption.
Telehealth swept through healthcare during the early peak days of the COVID-19 epidemic, and ophthalomology was not exception.
“A lot of the technologies that we use are image-based and are very objective, meaning there’s data generated during the encounter that lend the technology well to telemedicine,” Khouri said in an interview with Managed Healthcare Executive.
Khouri was one of the seven instructors for an educational session on innovations in teleophthalmology on Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in San Francisco. The other instructors were April Y Maa, M.D., Andrew G. Lee, M.D., Roomasa Channa, M.D., David J. Ramsey, M.D., and Lama A. Al-Aswad, M.D., M.P.H. The senior instructor was Gary L. Legault, M.D.