Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital rolls out emergency pediatric telemedicine

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., launched a telemedicine program to connect its physicians with emergency pediatric patients at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville, N.J.

Through real-time video consultations, specialized pediatric emergency room physicians from the New Brunswick facility's Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital can evaluate, diagnose and offer second opinions to pediatric patients at the Somerville facility. The remote physician has access to patients' medical history and can receive feedback from a telemedicine stethoscope and opthalmoscope.

A patient in need of an emergency procedure following the telemedicine consultation may be transferred to Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital for an in-person evaluation.

"We expect telemedicine to help expedite the diagnosis process, helping children receive the care they need when they need it," said Richard Brodsky, MD, director of pediatric telemedicine at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital. "Parents can rest assure that their children always have access to the most specialized care, without the added stress of transfers and travel.

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