Pediatrics

By Dave Muoio August 7, 2018
Telemedicine may help practitioners better reach their patients, but the convenience could come at a cost for the provider. In a qualitative study recently accepted in Nature’s Pediatric Research journal, pediatric doctors conducting telemedicine consultations report a number of medical and non-medical challenges that are not present during face-to-face encounters. "It is clear that doctors...
By Dave Muoio April 23, 2018
The mere mention of doctors and needles frequently can leave children in terror, and oftentimes the promise of a lollipop won’t be enough to calm their fears. Newly published research, however, suggests that providers may have more luck managing their younger patients’ anxiety and pain with the help of a biofeedback-assisted relaxation app. In the pilot study, a team of Australian researchers...
By Dave Muoio March 6, 2018
A trio of presenters at HIMSS 2018 shared data from practical machine learning and AI-focused studies that demonstrate how the technologies could reduce costs and improve patients’ outcomes.  These studies, conducted by teams at the Grady Health System, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, primarily focused on flagging adult and pediatric patients whose EHRs...
By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2018
The old model of patient entertainment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital was a TV in every room, and the old method of patient education was a DVD cart wheeled from room to room. But for the last two years, the hospital has replaced both with an iPad system that offers both entertainment and education to its young patients.   “We put this TV out there and said, that’s going to take care of...
By Dave Muoio October 24, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new app for new parents looking to follow the first five years of their child’s growth and development. The Milestone Tracker app, available for free on Android and iOS devices, offers a checklist of the important milestones parents should look out for to identify whether or not their child may have a disability or any other factors...
By Jonah Comstock September 18, 2017
A new study of 120 sports medicine patients shows that telemedicine saved patients an average of $50 in travel costs and 51 minutes in waiting and visit time, and saved a health system $24 per patient. The study, which has not yet been published, was presented last week at American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. It was conducted by Nemours Health System. "We know that...
By Jonah Comstock May 1, 2017
Boston Children's Hospital is the latest to tackle the problem of continuity of care between a patient's doctor and any emergency room or urgent care center they might find themselves in. And they're testing the technology, from startup Position Health, in some of their smallest and most high risk patients. "At Boston Children’s we have a population of very high risk infants with severe...
By Mike Miliard February 6, 2017
Digital Health Solutions, a startup launched by two Indiana University School of Medicine professionals, is commercializing software it said will help pediatricians better target care for their patients. The tool, called Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation, or CHICA, augments electronic health records to help physicians better assess patient risks, identify problems earlier and...
By Heather Mack November 1, 2016
Dallas, Texas-based PediaQ, which makes an on-demand mobile application platform for house calls, has raised $4.5 million and announced partnerships with two Texas health systems – Memorial Hermann Health in Houston and Baylor Scott & White in Dallas. The funding was led by Deep Space Ventures and will be used to drive further growth in Texas metropolitan areas. This brings the company’s...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2015
Earlier this month Washington DC-based telehealth startup, Pacify, has raised $1.1 million from local accelerator Acceleprise and a dozen angel investors. The startup is initially focused on pediatrics and connecting new parents with lactation consultants, nurses, and dietitians via video visits through a mobile app. The company's service is not yet commercially launched but it is being used by a...