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CSR Program: Connected Healthy Children

Transforming children's healthcare through collaborative technologies

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A global shortage of specialized pediatric care prevents many children from receiving care that could improve their well being. Collaborative care-at-a-distance technologies greatly expand the reach of pediatric specialists, increase collaboration among clinicians and researchers, and make quality healthcare available to more children worldwide.

What: Clinics connected to hospitals

The Connected Healthy Children CSR program brings Cisco HealthPresence technology to leading institutions of pediatric care to expand their reach. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital pioneered the program with the first Cisco HealthPresence implementation dedicated to pediatric care.

  • 60% drop in wait times to see a pediatric urologist—from months to weeks.
  • 300 pediatric patients receive care-at-a-distance from pediatric specialists each month.
  • Connected Healthy Children expands to locations in Atlanta, London, Brazil, China, and Kenya.

How: Cisco collaboration technologies

Connected Healthy Children enhances delivery of care at a distance between patients, clinicians, and specialists. For example, Cisco HealthPresence  integrates high-definition video, advanced audio, third-party medical devices, and collaboration tools to transmit unmodified medical information. Care-at-a-Distance solutions enable collaborative workflows between specialists and clinicians.

  • Enable access to efficient, high-quality pediatric care across any distance.
  • Expand knowledge and collaboration between physicians and organizations.
  • Connect teams to research, diagnose, and treat rare and complex cases
  • Advance capacity for children’s healthcare on a global scale

Impact Multiplied

Children and families who live in communities without specialists must travel long distances, often at great expense, to get the care they need. Reducing the time and cost for routine and specialized care improves quality of life for patients, families, and communities.

  • The pilot with Packard Children's Hospital has expanded to include California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, giving urban underserved patients access to many more specialists through Cisco technologies.
  • Collaboration and cloud-based technologies in Brazil connect pediatric specialists at a university hospital to health clinics, improving access to healthcare for patients and families and improving education, training, and decision making for providers.
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, one of the top pediatric research institutions in the world, will use care-at-a-distance technologies to save time and travel costs for children and their families, and increase collaboration between hospitals.
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is using collaborative technology to reach more children with autism, using a modality—video vs. in-person interactions—the children prefer.
  • The Virtual Pediatric Network uses virtual and collaborative technologies to connect healthcare centers of excellence for physicians to share clinical experiences and state-of-the-art treatments for pediatric cancers.
  • Connecting rural communities with urban hospitals narrows the gap for access to quality medical care in Kenya where there is 1 doctor for every 26,000 people.
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