Pediatric Cardiology Telemedicine at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Telemedicine Program connects communities to specialized healthcare for children. Our Telemedicine program offers a dramatic improvement in the ability to provide immediate access to specialty care to children throughout the region. Our specialist physicians use technology to aid in diagnosis and treatment to keep children in their local communities to the degree possible, saving costs for families and enhancing rapid, safe and effective care for young patients. Pediatric Telemedicine consultations in highrisk OB, cardiology, neonatology, and other pediatric specialties continue to expand as new services are added.

In the past, the options for evaluation of infants and children with suspected heart disease at hospitals without an on-site pediatric cardiologist were limited. And, because of the infrequent occurrence of heart problems in infants and children compared to adults, the services of a pediatric cardiologist may be desired at many different locations but not with enough frequency to warrant the presence of a full-time pediatric cardiologist. Through the CO-DOC Telemedicine Network, telemedicine consults are performed on children with suspected congenital heart disease. These children can now be evaluated in their home community using echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart). This non-invasive technique provides accurate diagnostic information about the structure and function of a child’s heart, and has become the primary tool in the evaluation of these patients.

Avoid Unnecessary Transports

Echocardiograms can be viewed in real time as they are performed by the technician at the patient’s local hospital. This allows timely diagnosis with medical management, if required, to be initiated without delay in patients who are found to have significant heart disease. This also avoids the unnecessary transport of children who are ultimately found to have a normal cardiac evaluation. If necessary for additional treatment, transport can be arranged to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Increase Quality of Studies

CO-DOC Telemedicine studies also allow immediate communication of results and consultation with the referring primary care physician or neonatologist, as well as discussion with the patient’s family. It also allows a higher level of supervision and education of the technologists performing the study, who in many cases are primarily “adult” cardiac sonographers with limited experience in the evaluation of children. Over time, this can significantly increase the quality of the echocardiographic studies in local community hospitals and provide an improved level of care at the local level. Physician consultations and transport are available 24/7. 

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