Telemedicine Poised to Play Larger Role in Pediatrics

Telemedicine Poised to Play Larger Role in PediatricsWhile much of the buzz surrounding telemedicine has to do with improving access to healthcare for individuals with mobility concerns, or in remote areas of the world, the potential for improving healthcare for all must not be ignored.

In a recent statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the AAP shared that telemedicine is appropriate when properly integrated with the patient-centered medical home model (PCMH).

While the venerable organization acknowledges that telemedicine can prove to be beneficial, they discourage use of “fragmented care” and encourage an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider (PCP)—or healthcare referred by a PCP.

“Telemedicine can improve access to pediatric care, especially in pediatric medical and surgical specialties where there are significant shortages of these specialists,” AAP Committee Chairperson Dr. Mary Ellen Rimsza is quoted by Medpage Today.”Using telemedicine can help us make better use of specialists who are in short supply and thus provide care to more patients.”

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