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Children's Mercy ramps up number of specialties via telehealth from 3 to 30

December 04, 2018 / Bill Siwicki

Not only is geography a health determinant, but the quality of and access to healthcare can be determined by ZIP code. Children's hospitals are collections of providers that have specialized in pediatric medicine and then specialized again in specific disorders of childhood and adolescence. These are rare, highly sought after, exceptional professionals that are only located in very large metropolitan areas. When audio-visual, digital technology and networks reached a level of quality and affordability to allow for the delivery of specialty care over distance without sacrificing standard of care, Children's Mercy Kansas City in Missouri saw this as an opportunity to help level the field and overcome barriers to access and quality related to the rural ZIP codes of the Midwest.