At the University of New Mexico, our Virtual Pediatric Emergency Department Telehealth Network program connects hospitals, providers, and patients. This program uses robust technology to connect UNM Hospital providers with clinicians from rural hospitals around the state offering consults for the acutely ill or injured child to help improve the health and wellness of rural and tribal children. The program helps children stay in their own communities, thus decreasing the need for parents to drive long distances for their child's medical care.
The Child Ready Virtual Pediatric Emergency Department Telehealth Network program is expanding to include telehealth courses for providers and clinical staff. Some of the topics are pediatric respiratory care, wound management, infectious diseases, pediatric case review, safety and injury prevention, child abuse, nurse competencies for children in ED settings, and including children in a hospital disaster plan. CEUs and CMEs are available at no cost.
Partners in the program include UNM Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine and The Institute for Indigenous Knowledge and Development-Center for Native American Health, a part of UNM Health Sciences Center.
The program goals are to grow the Child Ready Virtual Pediatric Emergency Department, including:
Sites currently participating in the program:
Sites in the final stages of participation: