Did you know that at least 15 million children in the U.S. live in “Health Professional Shortage Areas” (HPSAs), defined as regions with an average of less than one health professional for every 3,500 people? Far from hospitals, primary care doctors and specialists, these kids often miss out on getting the care they need. Telehealth can help bridge the gap between health professionals and these communities.
Our sister blog Vector spotlights various initiatives that have creatively used telehealth to care for children in remote areas. The results are encouraging: timely, cost-effective care — when insurance regulations cooperate.
“Do you have a fever?” Seems like a simple, straightforward question to ask someone. The answer is either “yes” or “no,” and the criteria are clear-cut. Right?
Actually, what constitutes a fever is quite subjective, and the diagnostic science is inexact.
Jared Hawkins, MMSc, PhD, the director of Informatics for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA), says that a number of factors — including age, size, and time of day — can influence a person’s “normal” temperature.
In collaboration with the Boston Children’s Autoinflammatory Diseases Clinic, IDHA has designed a free i-Phone application that captures temperature data from the public and applies the crowdsourcing model to science. The app, called “Feverprints,” uses Apple’s ResearchKit to aggregate and analyze the data to answer questions that will advance fever research.
Learn more about this innovation on our sister blog, Vector.
Our sister blog Vector recaps the 2015 Hacking Pediatrics Mashup, a 12-hour event that brought together 17 teams of clinicians, developers, designers and engineers to collaborate and hack technologies aimed at tackling a wide range of pediatric health care problems:
The majority of the pediatric products or solutions pitched came from residents and fellows, but there were plenty of non-millennials among the hackers—most notably, 97-year-old pediatrician and author T. Berry Brazelton, MD, founder of the Touchpoints Center, who came up from Cape Cod to join a hack that would help nurses tune in to children’s developmental needs.
Enthusiasm ran high, not only among the clinicians bringing pain points to be hacked, but also the software developers, IT companies, designers, MBA students and other mentors — and even the judges.
Among the top hacks were a gaming-inspired technology aimed at making medication adherence easy for kids and parents, a suicide prevention app and home platform for collecting oximetry data.