Anywhere, Anytime Diagnoses
Christine Ford had driven
down from Delaware to attend the American Public Health Associationís
annual conference in Washington, DC. But, when she tried to take a
photograph, she noticed a problem. As she looked through the cameraís
viewfinder, she saw what appeared to be a black curtain covering half the
lens. Fordís colleague quickly directed her to the conference booth
sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for
the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT).
There, technicians were demonstrating a retinopathy screening program
using a mobile digital retinal camera like the ones used in rural areas
where eye specialists are scarce. The healthcare technician captured
images of both of Fordís eyes and showed them to her on the computer.
ďThe pictures told the
story,Ē said Ford. ďI didnít need to be a doctor. I saw right away
that the right eye looked radically different from the left.Ē