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Hospitals for Children Use Telemedicine to Cut Patient Travel

SALT LAKE CITY (KSL.com) – Thanks to Avizia telemedicine solutions deployed at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sale Lake City, young patients and their parents are able to reduce the travel necessary to obtain in-person care that can be safely and effectively be delivered by video.

shriners Hospitals for ChildrenLast summer, ten-year-old Kaden Marvell had terrifying ATV accident resulting in a broken growth plate, leg, elbow and jaw. Six month’s later, he and his mother are getting routine check-ups using telehealth in a clinic 5 minutes from their home. Instead of a six-hour round-trip drive to Salt Lake City, the family can conveniently meet with their care team over video.

“We don’t have to miss school or miss a whole day of work or drive all the way down there,” said Angie Palm, Kaden’s mother.

A physician assistant is in Wyoming with Kaden while his doctor in Salt Lake City has records, notes, and X-rays at her fingertips.

“I think because the PA is on the other end we’re able to get a really good exam,” said Dr. Theresa Hennessey at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Hennessey says that telemedicine is a good adjunct to the way things have traditionally been done in medicine. Especially during the winter months, telemedicine has its appeal.

“As a parent myself, our roads can be pretty treacherous in the wintertime, so this is an amazing asset to be able to keep them here,” said Amy Dolce, physician assistant at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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