Telemedicine in Rural Pediatric Care: the Fundamentals

Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA.
Pediatric Annals (Impact Factor: 0.61). 05/2009; 38(4):224-6. DOI: 10.3928/00904481-20090401-10
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    ABSTRACT: Developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) is recognized as one of the fields with the greatest shortages of pediatric subspecialists. Families who access care often must travel great distances to tertiary academic medical centers or endure long waiting lists. While the shortages are likely to persist due to limited provider availability and an increasing number of children with developmental and behavioral disorders being identified, our field must look to innovative ways to reduce the barriers to access. One such way is telehealth, the use of videoconferencing to deliver DBP services to underserved populations. We aim to describe the practical uses of telehealth for the delivery of diagnostic and management clinical services in a variety of settings and for the additional educational and research benefits of the modality. We will highlight the obstacles to setting up a successful DBP telehealth practice and direct readers to resources to address these in their communities. Most of all, we will demonstrate the benefit to families and children, practitioners, and health care systems of supplementing traditional in-person DBP services with telehealth modalities to enhance outreach and engagement with communities.
    Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics: JDBP 10/2012; 33(8):656-65. DOI:10.1097/DBP.0b013e3182690741 · 2.13 Impact Factor