Telemedicine: Going beyond setting up virtual clinics

This course was created to meet the current digital health gap. It is specifically designed for ophthalmic health professionals who will be taking on new tasks and roles in this growing digital health economy. We foresee digital health provisions such as video consultations and the use of eHealth as care delivery tools becoming a required skill of healthcare professionals around the world in the near future. Moorfields Eye Hospital has been leading the way in terms of digital ophthalmic services. Join our world leading team to learn about how to set up and operate medical retina diagnostic imaging clinics and OCT interpretation.

Telemedicine and digital health have become a priority area for NHS and the international healthcare sector. They are currently attracting considerable global investment to meet the growing demand. The Topol Review which was commissioned by the NHS and published in February 2019 is explicit about the need for training programmes to meet the growing healthcare needs of the population.

Course Overview

This course comprises two elements:

Self-paced online learning introduces practical guidance on how to set up, implement, and support a medical retina virtual clinic in the context of the NHS long-term plan which emphasises the use of eHealth and telemedicine systems to address the global health challenge of eye disease. It covers diagnostic imaging for ocular diseases with an emphasis on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and OCT Angiography (OCTA) acquisition and interpretation in macular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, and hydroxycholorquine maculopathy.

A live, interactive full-day webinar will go beyond this, covering additional topics such as retinal screening and AI application, telemedicine for eyelids and anterior segment, telemedicine experience around the world and digital exclusion.

The webinar will also incorporate a Q&A on the self-paced course content and an expert panel roundtable to close.

Course Structure

The online learning comprises two modules that are designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of diagnostic imaging in ophthalmology along with a pragmatic overview of telemedicine and digital health with an emphasis of application in the setting of a medical retinal virtual clinic.

The modules can be completed at your own pace and comprise 16 hours of online content. Mindful of likely holiday commitments, the online content will be made available to participants from Monday 9th August 2021 to ensure ample time for completion prior to the live webinar.

The live, interactive full-day webinar will take place on Friday 10th September 2021.

Who should apply?

The course is intended for ophthalmic professionals at all levels, trainees and ophthalmologists who wish to take on expanded roles in this growing digital health economy.

Featured Topics - Self-paced learning
  • Foundations in OCT interpretation
  • OCT interpretation in diabetic retinopathy
  • OCT interpretation in age-related macular degeneration
  • OCT interpretation in retinal vascular diseases• Diagnostic imaging in hydroxychloroquine retinopathy
  • Overview of Telemedicine applications in retinal disease
  • Setting up a diagnostic imaging service
Featured Topics - Live webinar
  • Retinal screening and AI application - from code to clinic
  • Telemedicine for eyelids and anterior segment
  • Telemedicine experience around the world
  • Closing the gap in Digital exclusion

Speakers include Dawn Sim, Peter Thomas and Swan Kang.

There will be a live expert panel discussion featuring Pearse Keane, Robin Hamilton, Konstantinos Balaskas, Luke Nicholson and Dawn Sim.

Benefits of Attending

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of telemedicine and digital health in terms of how it has evolved and its current and anticipated future use
  • Demonstrate knowledge of risk stratification criteria used to triage patients into diagnostic imaging clinics and fail-safe requirements for these services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of web-based technologies and digital solutions used in medical retina diagnostic clinics
  • Develop strategic thinking on how to set up and deliver telemedicine and digital health in the area of ophthalmology through formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence
  • Identify a variety of outcomes and diagnosis that can be obtained through OCT-retinal imaging and the use of telemedicine
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ocular diagnostic imaging and treatment of several common retinal diseases
  • Engage with and reflect upon the criteria by which diagnostic imaging can and should be used for determining and treating retinal eye disease

This course has been awarded 16 CPD points by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.


In order to access the programme online, you will need access to a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and microphone. 


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Date Location Time Seats Price
09/08/2021 Online 6 £400.00

Course fees


'' Fantastic course - highly recommend to any ophthalmic healthcare professional with interest in learning about and or setting up ophthalmic imaging and digital pathways (Tele-Ophthalmology). Dawn (Ms Dawn Sim) and course faculty were amazing and live webinars / online course delivery format offered great flexibility for busy professionals like myself. Already looking forward to the 2nd iteration of the course and exciting new topics on offer''.

M S Raja
Consultant Ophthalmologist & Clinical Lead
James Paget University Hospital NHS Trust


Taught by


Dawn Sim

Dawn is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Director of Telemedicine at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Her primary areas of research interests include retinal imaging, teleophthalmology and Digital Health applications in eye care. Dawn is a winner of the Telehealth Business Award 2019, Moorfields Eye Charity Innovation Award 2018 for her work in the field of teleophthalmology and was voted in the past 3 years on the Ophthalmologist magazine power list as one of the top 50 ophthalmologists globally.


Pearse Keane

Pearse Keane is a consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and an associate professor at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. He is originally from Ireland and received his medical degree from University College Dublin (UCD), graduating in 2002. In 2016, he initiated a formal collaboration between Moorfields Eye Hospital and Google DeepMind, with the aim of developing artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for the earlier detection and treatment of retinal disease. In August 2018, the first results of this collaboration were published in the journal, Nature Medicine. In May 2020, he jointly led work, again published in Nature Medicine, to develop an early warning system for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), by far the commonest cause of blindness in many countries. In October 2019, he was included on the Evening Standard Progress1000 list of most influential Londoners ( and in June 2020, he was profiled in The Economist ( In 2020, he was listed on the “The Power List” by The Ophthalmologist magazine, a ranking of the Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology ( Pearse is the Artificial Intelligence Lead at the Moorfields Ophthalmic Reading Centre.

Konstantinos Balaskas

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Director of the Moorfields Ophthalmic Reading Centre (since November 2017): Since taking up the role of Director of the Moorfields Reading centre, I have been working to establish the Reading Centre as a pioneer in the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence ecosystem through academic and commercial collaborations, including with Google DeepMind. Novel, efficient methods of image grading are being developed through the AI pipeline allowing faster turn-around and enabling exploratory projects on novel biomarkers of response to treatment for retinal disease. Service Delivery Research and Implementation Science: I have a keen interest in new ways of delivering care in Ophthalmology, including with tele-medicine, ‘virtual’ clinics and Artificial Intelligence. I have led two national research projects in the UK funded by the National Institute of Health Research looking at novel care models for Ophthalmology patients, exploring the role of modern imaging and digital technologies. I am developing the role of the Reading Centre as a tele-ophthalmology hub in the context of novel models of care, including ‘virtual clinics’, AI and home-monitoring. Principal Investigator for Clinical Trials: I have received national recognition as one of the Best Principal Investigators for Clinical Trials in the UK for three consecutive years. This has equipped me with in-depth understanding of the challenges of research governance and clinical trial set-up and monitoring. I am bringing this knowledge and expertise into my current role as Director of the Moorfields Reading Centre.