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Video Conferencing

Video conferencing uses telecommunications of audio and video to bring people at different sites together for clinical consultations or encounters. 

Current video conferencing services offered at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC include: 

  • eIntensive Care Unit:  Remote consultation of pediatric patients located in critical care units located around the world by Children’s world-class intensivists, when complex critical care expertise is needed. Two critical care specialties have developed international programs based on specialized diagnoses:
    • consultations through rounding and “ad hoc” care management requests by intensivists from Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit 
    • consultations for transplant children for pre- and post-surgical procedures to improve clinical outcomes and coordination of care.
Read the Original Research Paper
by Ricardo Munoz, MD, FAAP, FCCM, FACC:
 
 Telemedicine in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care (PDF)
 
  • Tele-ED:  Remote consultation of pediatric patients located in community hospital emergency departments by Children’s critical care transport and emergency medicine physician specialists. This program offers two types of services determined by the presenting a child’s condition:
    • consultations by Children’s Emergency Department physicians for improved management of pediatric patients located in community emergency departments when the patient is likely to be discharged directly home from the community emergency department
    • pre-transport care management and appropriate identification of mode of transportation for pediatric patients that need to be transported to Children’s in an acute care setting
  • Tele-NICU:  Remote consultation of neonatal patients located in community hospital inpatient units. This program is used in two scenarios of patient care, both of which are currently conducted through phone calls:
    • consultations by Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) attending physicians for improved management of NICU patients located at the community hospital inpatient unit
    • pre-transport care and planning for NICU patients when a procedure has been scheduled at Children’s hospital.
  • Tele-Rheumatology:  Remote outpatient care for patients located in Children’s Specialty Care outreach locations. A pediatric rheumatologist utilizes Children’s Telemedicine Center to connect to the outreach location exam room for a “virtual” outpatient visit.
  • Tele-Education:  Remote mock codes, simulation training, and seminars to assist community physicians and improve their pediatric expertise in urgent and emergent care situations.

Last Update
July 10, 2014
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Last Update
July 10, 2014
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