Founded in 1913, the not-for-profit Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas is the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country.
But it’s also one of the most farsighted organizations of its kind, investing in telemedicine and the future of healthcare in the modern digital age.
This week, Children’s Medical Center announced it is launching the state’s first dedicated neonatal telemedicine program —the Children’s Medical Center TeleNICU.
Based on details shared in the formal announcement, the new service will provide physicians at other hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) with 24-hour access to the highly trained, board-certified UT Southwestern neonatologists on Children’s medical staff in order to consult on care for the region’s tiniest and most fragile patients.
The TeleNICU program utilizes specialized equipment and secure broadband transmission to allow two-way, real-time interactive communication between hospitals and enable expert neonatologists at Children’s to virtually examine newborns at distant-site NICUs. Participating hospitals will connect to Children’s through a mobile equipment cart that includes medical-quality videoconferencing, data transfer and digital scoping equipment. Children’s Medical Center TeleNICU will be fully operational this month and ready to assist other hospital NICUs located in Texas and beyond.
“As the first telemedicine program of its kind in Texas, the Children’s Medical Center TeleNICU program exemplifies our deep commitment to innovation and the use of proven technology to extend the reach of our expertise beyond the boundaries of walls and geography,” says Christopher J. Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children’s.
“Children’s Medical Center is the region’s premier provider of complex pediatric care and a trusted resource for hospitals throughout North Texas and neighboring states. The TeleNICU will enable us to work collaboratively with our hospital and physician colleagues to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place,” Durovich added.
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