Children's Hospital LA to offer virtual care to local schools

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District to offer virtual care to CHLA patients 12 or older attending one of the 20 participating Los Angeles schools.

The telehealth program will focus on adolescent medicine, allergy and immunology, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, endocrinology, infectious diseases, medical genetics and pulmonology.

During a virtual visit, pediatric patients will be pulled from class and connect with their provider  in a private room via telehealth, according to a June 14 Children's Hospital Los Angeles news release. 

"Family-centered care is at the core of everything we do at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and we know that children with chronic illnesses constantly missing school and caregivers having to leave work early to travel across town for a doctor's appointment are pain points for many of our patient families," Omkar Kulkarni, chief transformation and digital officer at CHLA, said in the release. "We've taken these concerns to heart and worked closely with Los Angeles Unified to create the Virtual Care at School Program so that our patients can now continue receiving world-class care from California's premier pediatric hospital without having to leave their school campus."

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