Impact of Technologic Innovation and COVID-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Cardiology Telehealth.
DOI: 10.1007/s40746-022-00258-7; PMCID: PMC9510217
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Established telehealth practices in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology are evolving rapidly. This review examines several concepts in contemporary telemedicine in our field: recent changes in direct-to-consumer (DTC) pediatric telehealth (TH) and practice based on lessons learned from the pandemic, scientific data from newer technological innovations in pediatric cardiology, and how TH is shaping global pediatric cardiology practice.
RECENT FINDINGS: In 2020, the global pandemic of COVID-19 led to significant changes in healthcare delivery. The lockdown and social distancing guidelines accelerated smart adaptations and pivots to ensure continued pediatric care albeit in a virtual manner. Remote cardiac monitoring technology is continuing to advance at a rapid pace secondary to advances in the areas of Internet access, portable hand-held devices, and artificial intelligence.
SUMMARY: TH should be approached programmatically by pediatric cardiac healthcare providers with careful selection of patients, technology platforms, infrastructure setup, documentation, and compliance. Payment parity with in-person visits should be advocated and legislated. Newer remote cardiac monitoring technology should be expanded for objective assessment and optimal outcomes. TH continues to be working beyond geographical boundaries in pediatric cardiology and should continue to expand and develop.
Curr Treat Options Pediatr
Digital; Global telehealth; Pediatric cardiology; Post-pandemic telemedicine; Telehealth
Shah SS, Buddhavarapu A, Husain M, Sable C, Satou G. Impact of Technologic Innovation and COVID-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Cardiology Telehealth. Curr Treat Options Pediatr. 2022;8(4):309-324. doi:10.1007/s40746-022-00258-7