FCC Awards Children’s National Hospital $928K to Create Regional Pediatric Telehealth Consortium in Response to COVID-19


May 27, 2020

WASHINGTON – Children’s Nationwide Hospital is creating a regional pediatric telehealth consortium in reaction to coronavirus with $928,000 in funding awarded by the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competitiveness Bureau. The funding, which is section of the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Application, enables the nationally-ranked pediatric hospital to expand its telehealth system to support 15 health care web pages in the area serving small children and youthful grown ups, giving care to small children with COVID-19 as well as individuals who are medically vulnerable and aiding to guard health care personnel as the pandemic threat proceeds.  

The new telehealth consortium will encompass health care web pages serving urban, suburban and rural communities across the District of Columbia, Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The consortium initiative includes creating the COVID-19 Telemedicine Command Middle, which will be hosted by Children’s Nationwide and staffed by a group of digital and in-particular person vendors and clinicians. The Command Middle will give 24/7 coordination of all telehealth things to do across all consortium health care web pages.

The FCC funds will be utilized for telehealth carts, tablets and other connected devices, the telehealth system, telehealth machines and ground breaking AI (augmented intelligence) to handle seriously unwell COVID-19 pediatric clients, as well as clients up to thirty decades outdated, and to continue to give evaluations, diagnoses and care to clients with acute or serious health requires through telehealth. Resources will also support telehealth devices and information designs to give care for underserved clients. 

The expanded telehealth infrastructure is created to support service provider-to-individual pediatric care and service provider-to-service provider consultations by way of a connected “virtual hospital” product. It will be utilized for unexpected emergency place, NICU and inpatient care to give accessibility to specialized experience and for outpatient care of COVID-19 clients. 

The regional consortium product builds upon the well-recognized telehealth program at Children’s Nationwide which employs the hottest technologies and encompasses one,200 vendors across a huge variety of pediatric specialties. 

The Children’s Nationwide consortium initiative is led by David Wessel, M.D., executive vice president and chief professional medical officer, Healthcare facility and Specialty Solutions Ricardo Munoz, M.D., division chief of  Cardiac Critical Treatment Medicine,  executive director of Telehealth, and co-director of the Children’s Nationwide Coronary heart Institute and Shireen Atabaki, M.D., M.P.H., professional medical director of Informatics, associate director of Telehealth and unexpected emergency drugs medical professional.

The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Application was approved by the CARES Act and to date has authorized funding for 132 health care vendors in 33 states, in addition Washington D.C., for a full of just above $fifty million in funding.