The nation’s top carrier is fast-becoming one of the nation’s top influencers in telemedicine.
Thousands of children across the country in need of healthcare will benefit from an innovative partnership under which 15 of the Children’s Health Fund’s mobile medical clinics will be equipped with the latest health information technology from the Verizon Foundation.
“Children’s Health Fund has been operating mobile medical clinics for 26 years, but these sophisticated technology upgrades from Verizon are helping us to create the next generation of mobile care, with real time connectivity that enables doctors, patients and resources at our hospital affiliates like the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to communicate like never before,” says Jeb Weisman, CIO of Children’s Health Fund.
“The potential for better care is exciting as we work with Verizon to develop this telemedicine capacity here in Miami, and as we collaborate on other innovative programs across the country,” Weisman adds.
In the United States, millions of children don’t get the healthcare they need for a number of socioeconomic and geographic reasons. Nearly four million children, including kids with insurance, can’t get to a doctor because there is no local public transportation or the family can’t afford a car or the gas to drive it, according to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The new telemedicine technology upon which this effort is based provides a “secure, safe and reliable platform” for sharing patient information, as well as the acceleration of doctor response times and the delivery of life-saving treatments.
The mobile clinic staff schedules telemedicine patient visits with specialists on specific days – such as dermatology on Tuesdays – so care is coordinated. In the future, cardiology, endocrinology and nutrition experts will be added to the available specialties.
“Technology supporting telemedicine is not new, but this Verizon 4G LTE solution enables the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Children’s Health Fund pediatric mobile clinic to deliver critical specialty care to needy children and their families – care they would normally find difficult to receive because of geographic or financial reasons,” says Anthony Llompart, Verizon Foundation director of healthcare programs. “This levels healthcare access and quality for these families and makes the partnership ideal for Verizon’s Innovative Healthcare Initiative.”