Sometimes the best doctor to care for your child's special health care needs is not in the area where you live. Children's Medical Services (CMS) has a program that may help. The CMS Telemedicine Program allows a child to see an expert specialty doctor who is in a different location without taking up a lot of time for travel.
Telemedicine is the use of special computer equipment with cameras and secure telephone lines that so children and youth who are at a different location from their specialty doctor can still get the care and services they need.
Telemedicine is a way for a child to easily see a doctor who may be hours away. A CMS nurse helps the child and family during the telemedicine visit while allowing doctors and other health care providers to talk to a parent and child about health concerns, to answer questions, to make recommendations for a plan of care, or follow-up on past care. Telemedicine is safe, secure, and private with only the people in the room with the child and the doctor able to see what is going on.
For more information on whether telemedicine is available in your area, or to find out if telemedicine may work for you and your child, contact your local CMS Area Office.
"I love telemedicine! I get to see the doctor right here where I live. It's like the doctor is here in the room. The best thing is I don't have to travel and it saves time."
- CMS Parent