Telemedicine Helps Eight Year Old Pneumonia Patient Survive

Telemedicine Helps Eight Year Old Pneumonia Patient Survive

Imagine being the parent of a young child struggling with pneumonia, in an area far away from hospitals and medical centers specializing in treating sick children. The fear and concern over your child’s health, made worse by the anticipated cost and disruption of moving your child to a hospital a long way from home. Fortunately, for one such family, Telemedicine came to Ryan’s rescue. Ryan was able to stay in the hospital near his home in Coos Bay, Oregon while his local doctors arranged for his examination by specialists at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland through telemedicine. Along with such examinations, Ryan’s Coos Bay doctor and the specialists developed a treatment plan. “We decided to obtain a telemedicine consultation with Doernbecher’s pediatric intensive care specialists. Like Skype on steroids, telemedicine offers ultra-high definition video conferencing. An OHSU PICU doctor can position the robotic camera as needed, zooming in and out to examine a patient in Coos Bay.” With this treatment, Ryan was able to recover, slowly, but miraculously.

Here are a few reasons why Telemedicine is so beneficial to the health and well-being of patients and their families:
1. It improves patient care.
2. It improves patient safety
3. It bolsters staff confidence
4. Families can stay together
5. It saves money and resources

To see more of Ryan’s treatment and recovery process through Telemedicine technology, visit: http://www.ohsu.edu/blogs/96kmiles/2014/04/14/telemedicinesavespneumoniapatient/