Transforming children’s healthcare through collaborative technologies
Cisco’s Connected Healthy Children Corporate Social Responsibility program is dedicated to improving access to specialized pediatric care through innovative and collaborative care-at-a-distance technologies. By extending the reach of scarce pediatricians and pediatric specialists, Cisco can help:
As the first facility to use Cisco HealthPresence in a dedicated way for specialized pediatric care, Packard Children's in Palo Alto, California, has become a model for other programs. The hospital's pediatric urologist can consult with patients in two distant locations — San Francisco and Monterey — without leaving the hospital. And, wait times to see him dropped 60 percent in the first 6 months alone.
In Brazil, much of the population lives far away from major cities, so distance can pose a real barrier for children who need specialized medical care. For example, 41 percent of all infants under age 1 and 90 percent of newborns with congenital heart disease are in remote areas. Through a pilot program in the state of Sergipe, Cisco is creating a model for other states in Brazil and beyond. The program uses collaboration and cloud technology to improve access for patients and families, and also improve education, training, and decision-making for care teams.
This program, which is in the early stages, will bring Cisco's care-at-a-distance technologies to one of the world's top pediatric research institutions. Video-based interactions promise to save time and travel costs for children and their families, and increase collaboration between hospitals.
Cisco's partnership with this leading center for pediatric care uses video-based technology to assess and treat children with autism, a neurological disorder that disrupts the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. There is emerging evidence that children with autism respond better to video interaction than in-person interactions. The Atlanta-based program, the first of its kind, will make it possible for providers to see more patients sooner, and could be replicated nationally and globally.
Cisco's partnership with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a nonprofit that specializes in using patient DNA to develop personalized medical treatments for children with cancer, demonstrates how Cisco technology can make it easier for medical providers to share expertise. Using Cisco's collaborative solutions, major health organizations will be able to connect with TGen and access vital research about specific diseases, such as pediatric melanomas. This in turn will help doctors make better-informed decisions and develop individualized treatment plans.
In Kenya, the population of 39M people has approximately 1 doctor for every 26,000 residents. Families in rural areas are especially challenged to get proper medical care. Cisco technology will connect two rural communities to urban hospitals, thereby closing the gap for access to quality medical care.