NewYork-Presbyterian’s foray into pediatric telehealth

July 31, 2017

 TELEHEALTH 

Healthcare giants are increasingly relying on telehealth to meet their patients’ needs. And NewYork-Presbyterian is no exception.

New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital has unveiled Pediatric Urgent Care, a new telehealth offering. It is part of NYP OnDemand, a suite of telemedicine services.

Through Pediatric Urgent Care, caregivers can have a video conference with a board-certified pediatric emergency physician, who will give advice and prescribe medication as necessary to the sick child. The doctor may also advise the caregiver to take the child in for an in-person evaluation.

Shari Platt, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, noted that the service can be used to treat common conditions like vomiting, cough, fever, pink eye, and skin rashes. “Our goal is to deliver immediate guidance and advice to a concerned parent and provide children with the best possible medical care,” she said in a statement.

The service is available seven days per week from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Users can log on via NYP.org or the NewYork-Presbyterian mobile application.

Currently, Pediatric Urgent Care is only available to patients in New York state. But NYP plans to expand the service to Connecticut, Florida, and New Jersey.

NewYork-Presbyterian launched NYP OnDemand in 2016. Before launching the suite, NewYork-Presbyterian had telestroke coverage in two of its nine hospitals.

In addition to Pediatric Urgent Care, NYP OnDemand also encompasses several other services, including Adult Virtual Urgent Care, Virtual Visits, and Second Opinion.

Source: MedCity News

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