Benefits of Telemedicine in Children’s Hospitals
- Immediate access for critical/emergency care
- Complex multi-specialty team consultations
- Scale pediatric specialists and subspecialists
- Avoid unnecessary wait times and transfers
- Early childhood assessment
Scale Pediatric Subspecialists
The demand for pediatric care has increased significantly in the past two decades, leading to a lack of timely access to pediatric subspecialists and surgical care. Even in areas with pediatric subspecialists, the wait time for an initial appointment can vary between 5 weeks to 3 months. As a result, children’s hospitals are adopting comprehensive telemedicine programs to expand the reach of their pediatric specialists.
Telemedicine allows a specialist to be in more than one place at a time, whether providing a consultation to a pediatric patient in a rural community within the U.S. or training to a group of surgeons in the developing world. The ability to use technology to scale the expertise of the specialty provider is critical to maximizing resources and providing timely care to pediatric patients worldwide.
Receive Care Closer to Home
Most pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgeons practice in academic settings that are located in metropolitan areas, leaving many rural regions at a disadvantage without access to optimal care. Telemedicine oers pediatric patients in remote areas timely access to previously unattainable expertise and care. Not only does it save time and money for parents who cannot aord to travel to a specialist, but it also reduces hospital costs by preventing unnecessary transfers by way of remote consultations.
Pediatric Emergency & Critical Care
Telemedicine technology is being utilized to connect remote EDs with pediatric specialists to care for acutely ill children. This includes emergency consultations with cardiologists, critical care physicians and even child abuse experts. It allows children to be screened and triaged so they can remain in their local hospital when appropriate. In addition, telemedicine enhances the ability for the referring hospital to stabilize the pediatric patient before and during a transfer to another critical care facility.