Children under age 15 in the United States make an estimated 71 million visits to the doctor annually. Parents miss plenty of work to make these appointments.
Telemedicine is a fantastic alternative.
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Telemedicine or virtual care is an extension of in-person care using video visits or emails and phone calls. In many cases, video visits with clinicians can appropriately allocate medical resources and get your child the diagnosis and treatment plan you need.
When Telemedicine is Appropriate
The exam should be as good as in-person care. For example, ear infection complaints require looking into the ear. Telemedicine works best if the technology is readily available for the necessary examination.
Chronic disease management is possible through telemedicine for tracking symptoms long term. Apps and web portals are in development for this purpose.
Rural doctors can connect up with experts via technology for assistance in diagnosis and treatment in some cases.
It is worthwhile to discuss virtual care with your pediatrician. The ideal is to see a provider virtually who is connected to your child’s medical home, working under the same umbrella with the same access as your primary pediatrician.
The goal is to have the standard of care that enables you to get a correct diagnosis for your feverish child without having to take off work and haul him to the pediatrician or urgent care when possible and appropriate.
Listen as Dr. Alison Curfman joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the future of telemedicine and how it may help your child.
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