Telemedicine is the clinical application of providing care at a distance. It includes a growing variety of applications and services utilizing two-way video, e-mail, and other forms of telecommunications technology. Beginning over forty years ago with demonstrations of hospitals extending care to patients in remote areas, the use of telemedicine has grown rapidly and is now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, and home care organizations.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is leading the way in the development of telemedicine services to meet the needs of young patients regionally and around the world. The state-of-the-art digital technologies allow complex pediatric care through remote and virtual means wherever expertise is needed at any time of the day or night.