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Improving Access to Quality and Critical Care through Telemedicine
By Dr. Shireen Atabaki, M.D., MPH, Medical Director of Telehealth, Children’s National Health System
At Children’s National Health System, we have established a robust telemedicine program providing the best specialty and primary care to children in the Washington D.C. area, throughout the region, and globally.
Telemedicine has been used to provide patients who live in rural areas access to quality care without having to drive long distances
The telemedicine program is utilized across various service lines including cardiology, critical care, neuropsychology, neurology, endocrinology, dermatology, and primary care. In the last year, 412 driving hours and over 11,000 driving miles were saved as a result of effective care through our direct to consumer telemedicine program, locally. In addition to our main campus, Children’s National serves community hospitals, suburban health centers, inner-city health clinics, national hospitals, and international partners across a wide range of pediatric subspecialties, including cardiology, neonatology, neurology, genetics, radiology, and general surgery. We have distance learning initiatives such as patient care conferences, lectures, and hospital support programs which occur in many countries throughout the world, including Germany, Morocco, Uganda, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq. Since the launch of telemedicine services at Children’s National, we have provided more than 1,000 consultations per year, encompassing 21 states and 19 countries on five continents.
Children’s National has been serving the nation’s capital since 1870 and is proud to be named among the Top 10 children’s hospitals overall by U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals survey, including being ranked #1 for newborn intensive care in the country. Children’s National is also ranked in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report and has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery.