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Encore Episode: Telemedicine: Future of Healthcare

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: The future of virtual health may enable you to have your child diagnosed and treated without having to miss work.
Air Date: 11/20/18
Duration: 21:25
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Alison Curfman, MD
Dr. Alison CurfmanDr. Alison Curfman is the medical director for pediatric virtual care at Mercy Virtual. She is also a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Mercy St. Louis.

Dr. Curfman is committed to improving access to pediatric expertise, decreasing health care disparities and improving adherence to evidence-based pediatric guidelines. She is committed to the highest quality of clinical care, antibiotic stewardship, patient safety, and advocating for the patient-centered medical home. Dr. Curfman is passionate about health policy, and is excited to use her leadership roles to advocate for children.

Dr. Curfman attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University. She completed a residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently completing an executive MBA with a health care focus through the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Curfman is the co-founder and vice chair of SPROUT, a multi-center research network dedicated to high quality pediatric telehealth research. She serves as an executive committee member for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telehealth Care.


Encore Episode: Telemedicine: Future of Healthcare
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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