Telemedicine for Pediatrics

As telemedicine continues to emerge and grow in healthcare, many pediatricians are looking at this as a way to provide both patient satisfaction and increase continuity of care. It’s no secret that Pediatricians spend a sufficient amount of time following up with patients after they’ve left the office. Now, asking patients to return to the office for a simple follow-up visit, or an appointment for an acute ailment is a thing of the past. For any appointments that don’t require a physical examination, telemedicine can be used, and that is where Medici’s secure messaging, call, and video platform can help.

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Telemedicine services provided by Pediatricians


Medication Management

Parents no longer need to have an in-person office visit to manage most of their children’s prescriptions. From insulin to asthma medications, telemedicine visits are an ideal solution for adjusting a child’s medications if needed. It’s more efficient for both parents and providers without sacrificing physician compensation.


Lab Results and Screenings

Providers order multiple lab tests and screenings each day. For diabetes screening or high cholesterol, secure messaging and video allows pediatricians to discuss results with their patients without any inconvenience of bringing a child into the office.


Patient Education

Telemedicine is perfectly suited for lifestyle coaching and monitoring of patients on treatment plans for obesity, asthma, or any other chronic condition. Because it allows for minimal disruption, parents can more easily engage in frequent check-ins to insure success.

Clinical use cases for Pediatricians using telehealth

  • Common Illnesses
  • Minor Injuries and Skin Irritations
  • Mental health treatment
  • After Hours Care

Common Illnesses

One of a pediatrician’s most important responsibilities is reassuring parents and providing practical advice when a child is suffering from a cold or other common ailment. A virtual visit allows the pediatrician to assess the child remotely, often avoiding an unnecessary trip to the office or urgent care clinic. Some issues that can be addressed via telemedicine include:

  • Minor colds 
  • Flu
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Ear Infections
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pink eye

Minor Injuries and Skin Irritations

By using secure file sharing, video uploads, and video calls through a telemedicine platform, a Pediatrician can easily diagnose a minor injury or skin irritation. 

  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Bites
  • Other minor injuries
  • Acne
  • Minor infections
  • Lice
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Scabies
  • Styes
  • Fungal infections

Mental health treatment

Evidence suggests that patients are highly satisfied with psychiatric counseling delivered via telemedicine. This is true also for children. Diagnosis and treatment can accurately be performed from anywhere, making care more convenient for caregivers and less upsetting for patients.

After Hours Care

When a child is ill, parents want the ability to speak to a pediatric provider in a timely manner. Parents also expect to receive attentive, personalized care. Should you choose, pediatricians can offer after hours telemedicine services to their current patient base to allow for consultations that are acute and don’t necessarily require a costly visit to the ER or local urgent care clinic.

The benefits of telemedicine for your patients

Patient Satisfaction

Offering telemedicine services allows pediatricians to meet parents where they are. Telemedicine deployed in the pediatrician’s office has the potential to maintain the current doctor-patient relationship by offering an alternative to the convenience of the retail clinic. Parents will not have to take time off work, find childcare, or travel into the office for any issue that can be diagnosed through a virtual visit.

Reduced Exposure

Every time a child visits the pediatrician they risk exposure to illnesses suffered by other patients. While this can’t always be avoided, children who are seen remotely are prevented from sharing germs.

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FAQs about telemedicine in Pediatrics

Is telemedicine HIPAA-compliant?
Not only is telemedicine software safe, secure and HIPAA-compliant, it’s required to be! The same requirements for patient privacy and confidentiality that apply for in-person visits apply to visits conducted virtually. The provider has the identical responsibility to protect patient information. The storage of electronic files, video, and images needs to be approached with the same caution as one would take with physical documents.
How do I begin using telemedicine?
You can begin telemedicine for pediatrics without purchasing any new hardware. Services like Medici allow providers and patients to connect virtually through the app for smartphones and web.
Will my patients feel they’re receiving the same quality of care via telemedicine as they do in-person?
Often, patients delay or put off treatment due to the inconvenience of travel, time off work, child care and more. Telemedicine allows you to provide the same quality care as you normally would to patients and they will be happier for the added convenience.
How do I prescribe medications?
After entering your credentials, Medici allows you to securely prescribe medications during or immediately following a patient consultation to your patient’s preferred pharmacy.

The best telemedicine software for Pediatricians

Our handy buyers guide for telemedicine solutions


Fully HIPAA compliant

All telehealth software must be secure and HIPAA-compliant, because sensitive patient information is being exchanged. Software like Skype and FaceTime, for example, are not HIPAA-compliant and should never be used for patient encounters.


Appointment records

Simply for record keeping and on the off-chance you are audited, select telemedicine software that provides a thread of every interaction (including secure messages sent between provider and patient). This audit trail, combined with any thorough clinical documentation that can be exported to your EHR, is a telemedicine best practice.


Seamless EHR integration

Any telemedicine software should fit seamlessly into your existing practice workflow. The best way to ensure this is to select a product that integrates directly with your electronic health record system with the ability to import your existing patient list.


Legal and malpractice support

Telemedicine is heavily regulated. And these regulations vary state by state and are changing rapidly. In order to adhere to these laws and industry best practices, it’s important to find a telemedicine platform that offers comprehensive legal and regulatory support, and even malpractice insurance.

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