The first-ever telemedicine and ophthalmologic consultation centre has been launched in Hanoi by Vietnam’s Central Ophthalmology Hospital. The funds are provided by the non-profit US-based Orbis organisation. The US$50,000 centre is designed to receive and to critically analyse information from hospitals in other provinces without the technology. The hospital has cooperated since 2003 with the worldwide cyber-sight telemedicine network initiated by Orbis. Through this, eye care professionals can transmit patient data and digital images to Orbis volunteer doctors at the centre for assistance with diagnosis, case management and treatment. Till now, an estimated 300 difficult cases nationwide have received professional help from other countries through the network.