Telemedicine has proven to be effective in many specialties, and it is not leaving pediatric care behind. In fact, telemedicine is improving the health of many children around the world with its many applications.
Many pediatricians and other specialists have reported the importance of delivering inpatient and outpatient care, educate patients, and conduct medical research with the help of telemedicine technology.
Similar to other specialties, in pediatrics, telemedicine can be used for tele-education, teleconsultation, telepractice, and teleresearch. Being able to connect pediatricians with their patients in many levels has its advantages including enhanced medical care at home, reduced health care system costs, as well as fewer school absences, fewer trips to the physician’s office, less time away from employment for parents, and less crowding in emergency rooms.
Telemedicine overall eases the troubles of travel. In pediatric care, for instance, rather than a family from a rural area having to drive several hours to see a specialist, they're able to go to their local physician and access a specialist using telemedicine.
Children rely on their parents when they get sick, so a sick day not only means a day away from school, it may also mean a missed day of work for the parents. To adopt telemedicine in pediatric practices eliminates the end for in-person visits, and reducing the time that children are away from school.
Parents are more likely to use telehealth services for cold and flu, a pink eye, a rash or to continue keeping them healthy.
Telemedicine can serve as a medium for educating patients. It can provide useful and reliable information to patients and their families. It can also be stored so patients can access this information at any time.
During urgent situations, telemedicine can serve of significant advantage. Consultations can enable pediatricians to reach out to specialists to provide care to children in distant rural areas.
Telemedicine applications are often used for patients with unexpected specialty needs, including newborns delivered at level I and II nurseries, and children and adolescents with acute medical emergencies.
According to an American Academy of Pediatrics article on telemedicine pediatric applications, “Children younger than 15 years old in the United States make an estimated 71 million office visits annually for acute problems, which are the leading cause of parents having to miss time from work.”
In the case of telepractice, it can ease the delivery of chronic medical care by providers.
Chronic care conditions include asthma, diabetes, obesity, cardiac conditions, epilepsy, and even mental health disorders.
Patient satisfaction increases since there are less time and money that are spent traveling to clinics or practices.
As telemedicine continues to improve, it is clear that its many applications in pediatrics can be very beneficial for providers as well as for patients. Telemedicine in this field promises to improve education, access to care, research and emergency response.