With health IT paving new inroads for better healthcare in the U.S, the adoption of telemedicine is in full-swing. A recently published article in HealthITOutcomes.com talks about the efforts of healthcare entities in Florida to bring telemedicine into children’s healthcare. What does the “pediatrician’s office” look like in telemedicine?
The Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) and Florida Blue, an insurance provider in the state, have joined hands to offer healthcare services through HealthSpot, a private, 8-foot-by-7-foot enclosure, featuring touchscreens, medical devices, and videoconferencing capabilities. This will enable Miami Children’s medical specialists to extend telemedicine to patients ages two years and older.
While HealthSpot will function as a walk-in kiosk, it will also have an on-site, qualified medical assistant. The kiosks will feature high definition video screens and state-of-the-art medical devices like a stethoscope, scale, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, thermometer, otoscope, and magnascope. These devices will be digitalized which enable them to act as a medium to carry information to both healthcare providers and patients.
To utilize the services of Florida Blue, patients can either make an appointment, or simply walk in. The HealthSpot station can address common health issues, such as fevers, colds, rashes, allergies, and more. With the new location, Florida Blue can expand the reach of their telehealth services to children and adults as well. In fact, Dr. Narendra Kini, president and CEO of Miami Children’s, thinks that the new HealthSpot location “will be a valued convenience to Florida Blue members of all ages.”
However, this is not the first telemedicine program by Miami Children’s Hospital. In 2013, it initiated MCH Anywhere, a pediatric telehealth program that provides evaluation of diagnostic and medical reports by board-certified clinicians via videoconferencing. Supported by a telehealth command center, MCH Anywhere has its base in the main campus of the hospital. This program has been crucial in knocking down the barriers of time and distance to offer healthcare guidance whenever needed.
As our children grow up in a tech immersed culture, it will be interesting to see how well received these high tech kiosks will be for treating children. Would you consider using a kiosk like The HealthSpot station in lieu of making an appointment at your pediatrician’s office?
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org