Telemedicine is effective in treating pediatric patients internationally, the results of a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) revealed.
Researchers at UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh looked at more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America through telemedicine, They found that doctors in those countries were highly satisfied with Children’s service and believed telemedicine had improved patient outcomes.
Telemedicine at three hospitals in Colombia and one in Mexico from July 2011 to June 2013 were used for analysis. Children’s physicians provided 1,040 consultations for 476 patients, with a real-time intervention taking place in 23 percent of those encounters, including echocardiography, adjustment of pacemaker settings and pharmacologic therapy. In six percent of the teleconsultations, a different diagnosis was suggested based on the interpretation of cardiac or imaging studies.
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