Monday, June 23, 2008

2 Items of interest

The Hawaii Medical Service Association -- via the state's Blue Cross Blue Shield plan -- will offer state residents and Blue Cross members real-time telephone or online consultations with doctors in its network through Online Healthcare Marketplace. Doctors will be reimbursed by Hawaii Blues plans if their patients are members; others will need to pay on their own.

A retired ophthalmologist has started Cyber-Sight, a telemedicine program that joins 140 medical mentors with 600 ophthalmology professionals around the world. The goal is to improve the quality of eye care and help make difficult diagnoses through e-mailed photos. The program "gave us the possibility to work with such great people, raise the quality of our professional work and the quality of our patients' lives," said one Romanian doctor. The Indianapolis Star (6/23)

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