Boston Children’s collaborates with a number of other hospitals in New England and New York where we currently provide pediatric subspecialty staff or clinics to supplement other clinicians. As part of this extension of care, we offer telemedicine support to provide regional health care providers with access to sub-specialty pediatric expertise when needed.
Satellite locations, affiliated hospitals, pediatricians and subspecialists across the northeast, in our Community of Care, bring Boston Children’s pediatric expertise to settings that are convenient for patients and families—and their primary care providers.
For example, the TeleConnect Program uses real-time interactive video to support on-demand clinical collaboration between remote Boston Children’s intensivists and community ED physicians in the evaluation and stabilization of acute patients. TeleConnect works with several community hospitals such as South Shore Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Beverly Hospital, to address the critical need for timely access to pediatric intensive care services.
The Digital Health team has launched a number of programs and pilots to support the delivery of virtual care for patients of Boston Children’s. A few examples of these programs are highlighted below:
Concussions- This program uses telemedicine in follow-up care to evaluate any ongoing concussion symptoms and provide education to patients after a concussion diagnosis.
Critical Care, Anesthesia, Perioperative Extension & Home Ventilation (CAPE)- Using web-based high-definition videoconferencing, the CAPE Program securely meets with families and home-ventilated patients at home in between scheduled visits and on more urgent occasions.
Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN)- The Home Parenteral Nutrition Program allows patients that require intravenous (IV) or parenteral nutrition (PN) and hydration support to receive treatment at home. The HPN Program uses telehealth for a variety of quality improvement initiatives including piloting for post discharge and follow up care.
OPENPediatrics is an interactive digital learning platform and global health platform designed to share pediatric best practices among clinicians developed by Boston Children’s Hospital. It promotes knowledge sharing about the care of critically ill children by providing clinicians across the globe access to colleagues and vital information. The peer-reviewed, open-source, not-for-profit platform makes information available at no cost, anywhere, at any time
OPENPediatrics consists of three main features:
- Global Community - With OPENPediatrics, clinicians around the world can talk to one another, share ideas and work together to build a community focused on the care of critically ill children.
- Guided Learning Pathways - By following learning pathways, clinicians can acquire advanced training in specific subspecialties.
- Content Library - Users have access to a set of tools, videos, calculators and summaries, available for download at any time.
As of September 2016, OPENPediatrics has been accessed from every country and territory on the globe (excluding Antarctica) and has registered users from 145 countries and over 2,300 hospitals and universities. OPENPediatrics is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Microsoft Education Award from the Tech Museum of Innovation. OPENPediatrics is certified by the Health on the Net Foundation as a recognized source of reliable online health information