The Friday Five – GlobalMed’s 5 Benefits to Pediatric Telemedicine
GlobalMed (@globalmed_usa) powers the world’s largest, most advanced virtual care programs and is honored to be the telehealth provider to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency, and the White House. This week’s Friday Five identifies five benefits to pediatric telemedicine from Gigi Sorenson, RN, MSN Chief Clinical Officer, Vice President of Operations at GlobalMed.
Boosts Provider Productitvity
Providers can reduce waiting room crowds and see a higher number of patients. Specialists can reduce their travel to satellite clinics, boosting productivity.
Access to Specialists
When pediatric patients are in hospitals lacking specialists, telemedicine can connect those patients to remote pediatric expertise – and reduce unnecessary transports. Children can stay in their own communities, helping parents balance their commitments to their other children.
Ability to be Virtually Present
Virtual communication can enhance care coordination and collaboration with other providers and help involve families to a stronger degree – especially when children are at child care centers, schools or summer camps. Parents can quickly be virtually present when a student is injured during sports practice or feels sick in class.
Access for Underserved Regions
Children in rural and other medically underserved regions can receive faster preventive care; emergency department doctors can remotely consult with specialists and pharmacies for enhanced evaluation of pediatric patients.
Connect Disadvantaged Children to Care
School-based health centers can work with pediatricians to connect disadvantaged children to ongoing care. These centers are using telemedicine for a range of services, including behavioral counseling, nutritional education, vision and dental care, and monitoring of chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma.