Telemedicine holds great promise for children

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re “Telemedicine can help solve health care delivery puzzle” (Viewpoints, Dec. 29): Akhilesh Pathipati is exactly correct when he says that telemedicine is the right solution at the right time for much that ails our health care system. Children especially stand to benefit, especially those living in rural and underserved communities. And telemedicine can bring needed health and dental services to children at convenient locations, such as schools. Telemedicine can also reduce travel time and costs, while also reducing absences from school and work to go to appointments. This can be especially important for low-income families. For kids, telemedicine can treat many conditions, from common childhood illnesses, like strep throat and asthma, to conditions requiring specialty care in fields like dermatology, endocrinology, emergency and critical care, behavioral and mental health care, and even dental care. As more children get covered through health care reform, telemedicine has a larger role than ever to play. -- Jenny Kattlove, The Children's Partnership, Santa Monica

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