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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;63(2):367-78. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2015.11.006.

Pediatric Telehealth: Opportunities and Challenges.

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Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA; Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3535 Market Street, Suite 1024, Room 1080, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medicine, 525 E 68th Street, Rm M610A, New York, NY 10065, USA; Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medicine, 402 East 67th Street, New York, NY, 10065, USA.


This article examines the current role of telehealth as a tool in the delivery of pediatric health care. It defines telemedicine and telehealth and provides an overview of different types of telehealth services. The article then explores the potential of telehealth to improve pediatric health care quality and safety through increased access to care, enhanced communication, expanded educational opportunities, and better resource utilization. It also discusses current challenges to the implementation of telehealth, including technological, financial, and licensing barriers, as well as provider, patient, and legal concerns.


Access to care; Pediatrics; Telehealth; Telemedicine; mHealth

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