Telehealth Primer: Pediatric Applications

Pediatric telehealth is the use of virtual interactions between providers, patients under the age of 18, and their parents or caregivers. These types of interactions facilitate specialist consultations, diagnosis and treatment, and patient education.

How is telehealth being used to treat pediatric populations?

Pediatric telehealth is used for both acute and chronic conditions and often targets medically underserved rural and inner-city populations. Common conditions supported by pediatric telehealth include asthma, diabetes, cardiac conditions, epilepsy, and mental health disorders.

Providers use telehealth services to improve linkages with pediatric specialists. Often, pediatric telehealth services are based in the emergency department, pediatric wards, or non-pediatric intensive care units. These remote consults have been shown to reduce unnecessary patient transfers and overcrowding in the ED, as well as increase provider and patient satisfaction.

This primer describes trends in the application of telehealth technologies to provide care for pediatric patient populations. Download it now to get definitions of key terms, discussion of investment considerations, and a sample case study from a leading health care organization with an established pediatric telemedicine program.

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