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Telemedicine Delivering Advanced Pediatric Care To The World’s Children

Telemedicine was originally trumpeted as a technological tool capable of delivering specialized medical care and treatment to patients living in rural areas of America. But the technology, which helped connect stroke patients, diabetics and the chronically ill to medical specialists located at urban medical centers, is now helping to effectively deliver quality specialized healthcare to children all around the world.

Doctors in Latin America believe that telemedicine has improved the outcomes for young patients in those countries. A new study just released by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (Children’s) at UPMC has shown that physicians in Latin American countries were very satisfied with services offered by Children’s. The results were gleaned from more than 1,000 pediatric consultations between physicians at CHP and doctors in Latin America.

“We know that telemedicine-assisted pediatric cardiac critical care is technologically and logistically feasible in the international arena,” said Ricardo A. Muñoz, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, FACC, of Children’s Hospital. He is chief of the Cardiac Intensive Care Division and led the study. “And now we know that the physicians we assist internationally consider this technology to be useful for patient outcomes and education.” But Pittsburgh is not the only city reaching out to the world’s children.

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in Ohio, has a new telemedicine program that is diagnosing and treating sick children located in the Dominican Republic, using virtual technology. Physicians at the Center for Telehealth at Cincinnati Children’s are able to share medical information about patients, video and audio without the costly and inconvenient aspects of long-distance travel. Specialists in pediatric cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, cancer, blood disease and urology are available in Cincinnati for international consultation.

Physicians and patients in the country of Ukraine are connecting with specialists and subspecialists at the Miami Children’s Hospital’s (MCH), through telemedical technology, for individualized medical consultations, electrocardiograms, ultrasound, endoscopy and audiology exams and treatment. Through their partnership with Ukraine-based Boris Clinic, the MCH program is helping support the treatment of Ukrainian children.

Even when children are sailing on the Seas of the world, telemedicine is ensuring that the best in medical care is not far away. MSC Cruises is initiating new technology across its entire fleet of passenger ships to enable the long distance care of children with onshore support from specialists located at The Giannina Gaslini Institute in Genoa, Italy. The world-class pediatric medical center will enable onboard doctors to confirm their diagnoses and treatments using a cutting-edge system of remote image and data transmission. Virtual consultations with pediatric specialists, radiology and health monitoring will be available to the ship’s young passengers 24/7.

In the past, providing quality medical care to sick children living in hard-to-reach areas of the world required extensive travel and complicated logistical solutions for caregivers and patients alike. Technology, especially telemedicine, is rapidly improving the delivery of quality medical care to children living not only in rural America but throughout the world.



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