Center for TeleHealth
Established in 1993, the Texas Children’s Center for TeleHealth was the first pediatric-based telemedicine program to go live. The Center for TeleHealth continues to facilitate timely diagnoses and treatments, link researchers and patient populations at a variety of sites throughout the world and promote networking among physicians, health care providers and institutions.
The Center for TeleHealth provides clinical, educational and research services to remote areas within the United States and internationally. This is made possible through state-of-the-art approaches employing multimedia, information and telecommunication technologies available within the center.
Additionally, the center provides distance educational services to physicians, nurses, allied health care providers, students, and to patients and their parents using video conferencing and the Internet to deliver real-time content to interactive participants.
Community Impact 2013
In 2013, the Center for TeleHealth managed over 120 initiatives focused on enhancing medical and clinical education and fostering collaboration and dialogue between institutions, practicing physicians, caregivers and families:
- Managed the 2013 Continuing Professional Education program, an Internet-based distance education series of timely health care topics directed to health care providers dealing with school-aged children and their families.
- Throughout 2013, the Center for TeleHealth staff supported educational and research collaboration between Texas Children’s and other leading institutions, including Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Mercy Children’s Hospital, Kansas City, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Motol Hospital, Czech Republic, Tec de Monterrey, and ABC Hospital, Mexico City, D.F.
- In one event, TeleHealth staff provided support for Drs. Monica Proud, Christian Schaaf, Diane Treadwell-Deering and Robert Voigt, representing Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, enabling them to participate via videoconference in the inaugural autism conference sponsored by our partners Tecnológico de Monterrey: I Taller de Capacitación en Trastornos del Desarrollo: Espectro Autista “Detectando las Primeras Señales”. The 3-day event took place from December 2 – 4, 2013 and was an invitation-only event to 300 guests.
- Public government officials, present at the event, pledged $6 million USD, which is a total of $80 million Mexican pesos in order to create training programs in autism detection for health professionals. The pilot training programs will initially be focused in Monterrey, Mexico, but it is hoped that this will extend to the rest of Mexico.
The Texas Children's Center for TeleHealth currently operates around 7 primary strategic objective areas:
- Clinical telemedicine
- Education for institutional and partner physicians, patients, and other healthcare workers
- Collaborative research
- Regionalization of care
- Business development
- Support of strategic initiatives and executive leadership
The TCH Center for TeleHealth supports business goals and impacts workforce performance by enhancing patient access to premier healthcare, decreasing staff travel time (and associated opportunity costs and expenses), providing remote access to educational offerings, supporting dissemination of enterprise-level change initiatives and building processes for team interactivity when distance is a barrier. The Center is able to offer, through the utilization of telehealth technologies, high quality and efficient specialty pediatric care regardless of barriers such as distance, mobility, and time.