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mdhhs pediatric telemedicine parents and childTelemedicine connects you to your child's specialist

Children and youth with epilepsy who live in rural and medically-underserved areas of Michigan have less access to epilepsy specialists. Telemedicine makes it easier for families to see their child's specialist and better manage their care.

What is Pediatric Telemedicine? 

Pediatric telemedicine is a safe, video-based way for parents and their children to meet with a specialist without driving a long distance. The patient, family, and local primary care provider meet in the local provider's office and connect with a specialist located at a distant site. The visit happens in real-time and allows both providers to participate in the exam and care coordination.

Does my clinic participate in telemedicine?

Clinics participating in the project are located in rural and medically underserved areas of Michigan including Alpena, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Iron Mountain, and Saginaw. More sites are planned. The Pediatric Epilepsy Project is funded by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (Grant No. H98MC26257).

Where are the specialists who participate in telemedicine?

More and more physicians are participating in telemedicine. Currently the University of Michigan - CS Mott Children’s Hospital offers telemedicine visits to pediatric epilepsy patients. Plans are underway to offer telemedicine with other epilepsy specialists from Beaumont Children's, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. To find out if your epilespy specialist offers telemedicine, call your provider or ask at your next visit.

Why use telemedicine?

Telemedicine reduces time spent and travel to long distance specialist appointments. Parents miss fewer days of work, children miss fewer days of school, and families save money on gas, hotels, and food. It also allows the specialist, local physician, and family to coordinate care on the spot. If your child’s specialist is a long distance from where you live, ask your local doctor if they offer telemedicine services.

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