There are times when families and doctors who live outside of Fort Worth need to consult with the experts at Cook Children's prior to or following treatment, or to get a second opinion. Thanks to technology, they can.
Telemedicine and telehealth connect you, your child and your doctor to the health care team at Cook Children's through video conferencing. With cameras, microphones and TV monitors our doctors can connect with you and your doctors.
Cook Children's has been using telemedicine and telehealth technologies since 2004.
Telemedicine versus telehealth
So, what's the difference between telemedicine and telehealth? Telemedicine is when you or your doctor connect to a Cook Children's doctor or other health professional to get a health assessment or receive care remotely. Our doctor will talk to you or your child, as well as the doctor or nurse who is with you at your location. The doctor or nurse who is with the patient has medical devices that assist the physician during the telemedicine visit. Such devices include an otoscope for the ear, stethoscope for heart and lung sounds, and a close-up exam camera that can take video of the skin, eyes, and mouth. Telehealth on the other hand, offers parents and children opportunities to learn from one of Cook Children's health professionals, such as dieticians, social workers, psychologists or counselors.
Both telemedicine and telehealth are in real time audio and video conferencing.