Pediatric Telehealth Procedures

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The American Telemedicine Association has developed Guidance and Operating Procedures for Pediatric Telehealth to address the needs of the nation’s pediatric population when receiving critical services via telehealth to ensure the protection and safety of this vulnerable population. The document tackles areas such as Patient Privacy and Confidentiality, Inform Consent, Special Considerations and Environments, Patient Safety, including use of mobile devices, Clinical Encounters and Telehealth Providers.

With respect to the telehealth providers, the guidelines specify “Providers should only provide services to pediatric patients via telehealth within the scope of their appropriate practice for in person encounters. Providers shall have the necessary education, training/orientation, licensure, and ongoing continuing education/professional development, in order to command the necessary pediatric knowledge and competencies for safe provision of quality pediatric services in their specialty area (ATA, 2014a).” AARC submitted a letter of support and endorsement of the operating procedures and highlighted the expertise of RTs in the delivery of telehealth to mechanically ventilated neonates and children in the ICU based on a recent pilot study.