world there is a shortage of medical doctors who are experts in caring for the
special needs of kids. Telemedicine uses cameras, computers, and special
internet connections so care can be delivered more efficiently and more kids can receive
the care they need. Telemedicine allows the patient and doctor to
meet over great distances or simply across the campus of a major medical
center. Due to the advancements in technology, travel can be eliminated
allowing a provider to be virtually anywhere delivering the same high quality
care that is the Mercy standard.
What is telemedicine?
a newer way of delivering healthcare. Patients and providers talk to and
see one another using computers with very secure internet connections. The
providers examine, diagnose and make recommendations for the patient with the
help of special cameras and a specially trained telefacilitator.
Can all of my child's care be given using telemedicine?
This depends on
the type and scope of care required. There are times when patients and
doctors still need in-person visits. The providers recommend in-person
encounters as needed.
Are my video meeting sessions with the doctor recorded?
The doctors ask patients and families for permission through a consent form if
they need to save pictures or recordings.
are the devices and connections?
They are very
secure. Even if an unauthorized line were to connect during a session, nothing
could be seen or heard due to the level of security.
What does an
appointment using telemedicine look like?
There is a
telefacilitator in the room with the patient to ensure both the patient/family
and provider have a quality experience. The facilitator does this by
helping the provider with the necessary exam, ensuring that everyone can hear
and see and that all questions and follow-up are managed just like with
There is a
video screen presenting the provider, and there may a "picture in
picture" so you can see exactly what the provider sees. In addition
to the video screen, the telefacilitator may use:
- A general exam
camera to magnify anything the provider wants to see up-close in high
- A dermascope
that allows the provider to measure areas on the skin.
- An otoscope
which is used to look into the ears.
ophthalmoscope for looking into the eyes.
- A stethoscope
that allows the provider to listen to your child's lungs and heart and stomach.