About this Research Topic
Pediatric telehealth requires evaluation with a perspective intentionally separate from adult telehealth research. We would like to see sharing of ideas and research of both general pediatric and pediatric specialty telehealth topics. We are interested in exploring the advancement and implementation of telehealth integrated delivery care models as well as innovative virtual practices. In addition, determining pediatric telehealth quality metrics, operational best practices for pediatric medical centers, and discussing equity gaps in pediatric telehealth could also be addressed.
Research questions could include:
- Is care through telehealth equivalent to in-person?
- How does the approach to the pediatric visit need to be adjusted for telehealth?
- Are both patients/families and providers satisfied with the virtual experience?
- What equity gaps are we meeting and what equity gaps are we widening with the use of pediatric telehealth?
- How do we approach the implementation of telehealth in pediatric subspecialties? Which pediatric specialty use cases are amenable to virtualization and which are not?
- What innovations in digital health are being used in pediatric virtual care?
- How are pediatric-specific issues such as adolescent confidentiality, transition to adult medical care, and medical complexity/technology-dependence being addressed via telehealth?
The specific themes that the editors would like to address are the following:
• Implementation methods
• Appropriateness of visits
• Standardizing telehealth visit components and tools
• Innovative approaches of telehealth (e.g. medical genetics consultations, school telehealth, lactation consultations)
• Health disparities and gaps / digital health equity
• Patient/family experience
• Provider/clinical staff experience
• Barriers to pediatric telehealth
• Pediatric telehealth quality measurements.
• Hospital based telemedicine (e.g. neonatology, intensive care, or emergency medicine consults from outside hospitals
• Telehealth safety, privacy, and confidentiality issues.
Keywords: telehealth, telemedicine, pediatrics, virtual visits, pediatric subspecialties, digital health
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