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RWJUH Somerset now offering pediatric telemedicine

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, in Somerville, announced it is offering pediatric telemedicine through the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH in New Brunswick.

“Using real-time video conference via a remote telepresence device, telemedicine allows physicians to evaluate patients from a remote location, eliminating the need for extra travel in emergency situations. A remote doctor can immediately access a patient’s records and medical history to facilitate examination through the two-way camera system,” according to a statement from the hospital’s parent organization, RWJBarnabas Health.

Patients will have access to specialized stethoscopes and ophthalmoscopes that transmit to doctors at a remote location.

“By providing telemedicine for our emergency pediatric patients, we’re able to increase access to specialized pediatric care across the region,” said Richard Brodsky, director of pediatric telemedicine at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital. “Parents can rest assured that their children always have access to the most specialized care, without the added stress of transfers and travel. We expect telemedicine to help expedite the diagnosis process, helping children receive the care they need when they need it.”

The idea came from gains seen in the program targeting stroke patients.

“We’re bolstering our telemedicine capabilities, adding a dedicated remote telepresence device for our pediatric emergency patients,” said Marc Milano, medical director of RWJUH Somerset’s Emergency Department. “We’ve seen increased patient outcomes since introducing our teleneurology program for stroke patients in 2014. By expanding our capabilities for pediatric emergency telemedicine, our goal is to provide better care more quickly especially in emergency situations where time can be a critical factor for a patient’s survival and recovery.”

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