Friday, February 22, 2008

Video Conferencing Saves A Woman from Blindness

Hello everyone,

Dr. McElveen has a double-wide trailer clinic in a parking lot behind a rural hospital in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

His clinic isn't fancy and it doesn't have all the latest technological equipment.

And his patients are mostly elderly, poor, and not able to travel to see a specialist.

But because of the technology of video conferencing and the collaboration tool of file sharing, he was able to save a woman from becoming permanently blind.

You see, over half of people over the age of 50 are suffering from the early stages of glaucoma which can cause permanent blindness. Dr. McElveen is able to send still images of the retinas of his patients to an opthamologist over 100 miles away to detect eye diseases.

Pretty amazing.

So video conferencing not only saves time and money, but some times your sight as well.


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