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How can telemedicine be used for children's health?

Telemedicine go to exit disclaimer is a rapidly developing application of medicine where medical information is shared and sent over the telephone, Internet, or other networks to provide consulting, remote medical procedures or exams.  Telemedicine may be as simple as two doctors talking about a case over the telephone, or as complex as using satellite technology and video-conferencing equipment to conduct a real-time consultation between medical specialists in two different countries.go to exit disclaimer

Telemedicine has become an important part of the strategy to improve health service delivery in medically underserved areas in both rural and urban settings. It enables remote interactions among providers and between providers and patients. Telemedicine can also link distant sites with more resource-rich sites of care. Telemedicine has the potential to improve pediatric care go to exit disclaimerby increasing access to pediatric specialists and services.

The resources below provide an overview of some key concepts in the area of telemedicine:

Below are links to programs and initiatives that have used telemedicine to coordinate care and services for children:

The resources below are helpful tools to assist with developing a telemedicine program:

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