Digital Health Tools Transforming Pediatric Telemedicine, Teletherapy & Telehealth

Dr. Maheu

February 24, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented rise in pediatric telemedicine to alleviate the strain of behavioral health issues. Unprecedented stressors abound. Children are now more often confined to their homes and are less able to socialize. They may be forced to adjust to their parents’ working from home. They may witness economic and emotional fluctuations that leave them more anxious than at any time in recent history.

With the increased demand for care with a shortage of available pediatric behavioral professionals, many organizations have shifted to pediatric telemedicine and telehealth or teletherapy tools..

COVID 19 and Challenges for Pediatric Telemedicine for Behavioral Health
A meta-analysis published in JAMA Network, pediatrics found that one in every four children suffered depression during the COVID-19 lockdown and the anxiety prevalence rate was 20.5%. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), compared to 2019, the number of mental health-related emergency visits in 2020 went up by 24% for children in the 5-11 age group and 31% in the 12-17 age group.

The American Association of Pediatrics and the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have officially declared an emergency as pediatric behavioral health went through a crisis countrywide. Parents had pretty tough times getting support for pediatric behavioral health following the closure of clinics and shortage of pediatric-trained therapists. Digital health tools primarily developed for adult health care have been adapted to connect parents to trained child therapists to overcome geographical and pandemic-related barriers. Full article here: https://telehealth.org/pediatric-telemedicine-2/?smclient=f760e669-8538-11ec-83c8-18cf24ce389f&smconv=5bc4c379-a4c1-484f-a411-33ec93777504&smlid=12&utm_source=salesmanago&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=default