At the end of 1999, Oftapro Clinic addresses to professor Helveston from Indiana University, USA, one of the most remarkable personalities of the modern strabology, a letter by which Dr. Daniela Cioplean ask for help in professional training.
Impressed by the enthusiasm and the well grounding of the doctor, Professor Helveston visited the clinic between 30.01.2000 – 5.02.2000. The visit was a real success for both parts because in this period were discussed more than 40 very difficult cases, 8 patients were operated, who otherwise couldn’t have benefited from the treatment in the country and not last, it was initiated for the first time in Romania and in Europe the E-consulting program.
What is the E-consulting program?
Very simple. It’s the possibility to ask via Internet a second opinion in the cases that pose issues.
With the help of a digital camera, all the information related to the patient (the photos in all the positions, standard diagnosis, the case file and treatment suggestions) is sent by E-mail to the consultant professor. Professor Helveston and other personalities from Indiana University answer promptly to the partners requirements from Romania .
In the last years, over 400 cases benefited from surgical treatment with exceptional results due to this cooperation.
Oftapro Clinic is one of the pilot stations of this program which is to be extended and has got until this moment by far the richest and of the highest quality activity. You can find details about this on the web site:
In November 2001, Dr. Cioplean initiated the program in Albany, representing Prof. Helveston.
The doctors of Oftapro Ophthalmology Clinic participate every year at least to one International Congress and to all intern scientific workshops, improving their professional grounding every year.
In 2002, ORBIS – the greatest international association for blinding prevention ( www.Orbis.org ), launches under the coordination of professor Helveston, through CyberSight foundation, the first extended program of E-consulting, aiming all the ophthalmologic specialties. The Romanian doctor was asked to support the program, as specialists.
The same year, with prof. Helveston great help, Dr. D. Cioplean participated to the American Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, Orlando, USA.
In February 2004, Oftapro organizes Prof. Helveston second visit in Romania, which took place as the first Romanian telemedicine symposium, followed by surgery demonstrations in the clinic.
In February 2006, during ISA Congress (Sao Paolo, Brasil) Prof. Helveston made an on-line presentation of telemedicine program, assisted by Dr. Cioplean. The on-line presentation was really successful.
The program is in process and it has an increasing number of doctor members, in the benefit of the pacients and doctors themselves.