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Network Brings Eye Care to India (Image 2)

June 14, 2010
Network Brings Eye Care to India (Image 2) At the vision center, a slit lamp examination is performed by a doctor on opening day at the Periakulum rural vision center. Generally local staff -- high school graduates specially trained by Aravind Eye Hospital to detect the most common conditions, such as cataracts and corneal injuries, performs such procedures. The clinic is usually staffed by a single nurse who uses a computer network designed by researchers in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley, to teleconference with an eye specialist at a hospital 10 miles away. Based on "Wi-Fi" wireless networks, the new technology will allow thousands of residents from rural villages in India to receive quality eye care for the first time. The new technology allows eye specialists to examine patients in five remote clinics via a high-quality video-conferencing using simple, inexpensive software and hardware. The researchers implemented the Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) pilot program in 2005. Because of the initial success, TIER will soon expand to include five hospitals linked to 50 clinics that will annually serve an expected half a million patients in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The research may also have application in other developing countries as well as in rural areas of the U.S. Much of this work was developed in conjunction with Intel via its research lab in Berkeley. Funding for this computer science research came primarily from NSF. For more, see the UC Berkeley News' press release dated June 6, 2006. (Date of Image: March 20, 2006) [Image 2 of two related images. See Image 1.]

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