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The Future of Pediatrics

The Future of Pediatrics

Fifty percent of young children are afraid of visiting the doctor. It can be difficult for children – especially young children – to understand the “why” behind their treatments. Adapting medicine for kids isn’t as easy as formulating current adult technology due to the physiological differences of a child. It also requires an understanding of how to make treatments less frightening.

Recently Dutch physicians studied the use of  “needleless” injections  to make children more comfortable and procedures more pain-free. Using microscopic needles, “needless” injections administer vaccines and draw blood with little to no discomfort.

Making Medicine Accessible

Patients needing pediatric care in specialties such as Development and Psychiatry can face wait times of weeks, and even months. Doctors and facilities look toward Telehealth to reduce wait times and accommodate those living in remote areas.

Telehealth has proven effective for families lacking immediate access to a Pediatrician for basic checkups as well. TempTraq’s stick-on temperature gauges facilitate an easier visit by accurately assessing a sick child’s temperature via the parent’s smart phone.

Mobile units are used by hospitals and not-for profit organizations nationwide to improve patient care and reduce wait times. Providers at the University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic see nearly 3,000 children a year, while Virtua’s Pediatric Mobile Services Program provides developmental screenings, flu shots and lead poisoning testing.

Making Medicine Accessible

While pediatric patient care continues to get better in clinics and hospitals, many U.S. families still lack access to a pediatrician. And for families whose children need specialists, wait times to see a doctor can stretch weeks or months.

Telehealth has proven effective for providers to talk to parents and even record children’s vitals.

Companies like TempTraq recently rolled out stick-on temperature gauges that allow easy communication and monitoring of the child by the physician through the parents’ smart phone.

In the cases where parents live too far from their nearest pediatric center or in communities with limited access to care, some hospitals and not-for-profit organizations have taken to serving communities through mobile units to improve patient care and reduce wait times. The University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic providers provides nearly 3000 children a year with medical services. While Virtua’s Pediatric Mobile Services Program provides developmental screenings, flu shots and even testing for lead poisoning.

The Future of Children’s Healthcare

Through technology, Pediatricians are better able to serve their current patient base and onboard new patients, and hospitals can ease physician capacity and fight burnout.

Sources: Children’s Hospital Association, Medgadget, Physicians Weekly, U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics, University of Miami Health System

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