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Innovating Pediatrics: 6 Ways Anytime Telehealth Improves Pediatric Patient Outcomes

As a pediatrician, you want to know that your young patients are getting the best possible care — no matter what type of treatment they require and when they need it. A few years ago, you might’ve thought the only way to deliver that type of pediatric excellence was to see each child in person with a parent by their side. 

It’s clear that the pandemic changed that, making virtual appointments standard in most healthcare settings, including pediatrics. As time goes on, telehealth is proving to streamline patient care, even improving patient outcomes. 

Ultimately, telemedicine is more convenient for patients, parents, and providers. Due to rising demand, you may be considering expanding your virtual services with a pediatric telehealth solution. Are you wondering how Anytime Pediatrics telehealth can enhance your practice? In this blog, we’re exploring six ways our platform positively impacts pediatric patient outcomes. 

1. Increased Access to Care 

Telemedicine addresses provider shortages, especially in rural communities. According to research, telehealth is associated with high patient satisfaction. When we remove the barrier of physical distance through a pediatric telehealth solution, children are able to get the high-quality, timely care they need. In addition, children in rural communities are more likely to have access to specialists when virtual care is an option. This also means that youngsters are able to receive specific care that may not otherwise be available locally. In short, families have increased access to you, their provider, and any healthcare professional willing to conduct telehealth appointments. 

2. Ability to Observe Social Determinants of Health 

It’s well-documented that socioeconomic factors such as education and employment have important implications for health outcomes. When using a pediatric telehealth solution for appointments, you can see social determinants of health. For example, you might observe poor housing or parents who smoke in the home. Telehealth offers a promising approach to reduce health disparities by connecting providers to patients in remote areas where social determinants of health play a large role. 

3. Remote Monitoring for Mental Health and Medications 

Mental health crises are on the rise, and so is the need for frequent patient evaluation and treatment. When patients receive care in their own homes through a pediatric telehealth solution, the impact of mental healthcare stigma may be reduced for some individuals. Virtual visits are excellent opportunities to offer mental health visits because you can make medication adjustments, therapy referrals, and follow-up appointments easily accessible to your patients and their parents. It is simple to remotely monitor your patient’s response to medication changes and provide refills. When your young patients can stay up to date on their medications — and parents don’t feel burdened by having to travel for a quick medication check — health outcomes are likely to improve. 

4. A Solid Place in the Medical Home 

When patients do not have access to you through a pediatric telehealth solution, they will turn to urgent care or emergency services. This is an unnecessary and costly utilization of resources. Conversely, telemedicine allows patients to contact your pediatric practice when they need medical advice and, therefore, stay in the medical home. This is helpful for all pediatric patients, but it is especially impactful for those with mental health disorders. In addition, remote patient monitoring can help patients manage chronic health conditions from home. Children who have increased facetime with their pediatrician experience improved health outcomes. 

5. Reduced Exposure to Illness 

Another consequence of unnecessary urgent care and emergency department visits is that patients are at an increased risk of contracting additional viruses. Incorporating a pediatric telehealth solution into your practices reduces in-person visits, thereby decreasing infection transmission, eliminating stress and anxiety of having to miss school, and reducing absenteeism expenses for parents and caregivers. Healthy children who need medication refills or follow-up appointments can also use telehealth, decreasing their likelihood of catching a sickness from another child. 

6. High-Quality Follow-up Care 

A pediatric telehealth solution allows patients to receive high-quality follow-up care. If children are hospitalized or have surgery, telemedicine offers an effective way for you to provide the necessary follow-up visits. This leads to improved treatment plans and patient outcomes. In addition, telemedicine can facilitate complex treatment by making it easier for children to be seen by multiple specialists who are connected in one visit when needed. In short, virtual care increases provider availability and promotes continuity of care. 

Take the Next Step with Anytime Pediatrics 

The pandemic may have brought telemedicine to the forefront, but our need for convenience, efficiency, and outstanding patient care have kept it there. With Anytime Pediatrics, your practice can partake in the continued growth of telemedicine and virtual care (including after-hours)! For more information about how our pediatric telehealth solution can help you seamlessly integrate HIPAA-compliant telemedicine into your practice, contact us today to request a consultation!