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News from Our Telemedicine Team

Children's National Partners with Sabará Hospital Infantil

A new partnership with Sabará Hospital Infantil in São Paulo, Brazil, will enable patients there to have access to Children's National Hospital pediatric cardiac intensive care specialists and consultations via telehealth. The first international telehealth offering from Children's National for pediatric cardiac care will include teleconference-based training for Sabará nursing staff and second opinions through medical teleconsultations with specialists in all areas of pediatric cardiology, based on each patient's individual needs.


Telehealth follow-ups aid communication between patients, physicians

A small-scale study led by Children's National Cardiologist Ashraf Harahsheh, M.D., found that following up with heart patients in virtual visits helped facilitate communication between patients, families and care teams, leading to healthier outcomes.


Next-gen girls: A discussion on preparing girls for 21st-century careers

Denice Cora Bramble, Children's National Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory and Community Health Services and telemedicine advocate, joined a panel discussion on preparing girls for 21st-century careers hosted by the Whittle School & Studios. As she reflected on her career, she said "There have been defined moments in my life when somebody's 'no' became the force and the wind beneath my wings to try harder, to achieve whatever someone was saying I couldn't do."


Whittle School & Studios launches collaboration with Children's National

A Washington, D.C., school is collaborating with Children's National to provide health services to students, including utilizing secure video-conferencing to connect students with physicians at Children's when necessary.


dr. atabaki and monique sitting at a table in front microphonesAnnouncing Dr. Bear Bot's arrival in the cardiac intensive care unit

After a three-month voting period, the name of the new telemedicine robot in the Cardiac ICU was revealed in a special Valentine's Day announcement at Seacrest Studios at Children's National. Dr. Bear Bot delivered Valentine cards to doctors and patients after the announcement. View our photo gallery from the event.


Ricardo Muñoz

Ricardo Muñoz, M.D., named Chief of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine, Executive Director of Telemedicine and Co-Director of Heart Institute

Before joining Children's National, Ricardo Muñoz, M.D., pioneered telemedicine for pediatric critical care, providing nearly 4,000 consultations globally, while at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. David Wessel, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of Hospital and Specialty Services, says Muñoz "will undoubtedly provide a huge benefit to our patients and their families along with our cardiac critical care and telemedicine teams.”


Three ways to bring safe surgery to kids in remote regions

At a gathering of pediatric surgeons in Washington, D.C., Children's National President and CEO Kurt Newman, M.D., spoke about how first-world technologies such as telemedicine and remote robotics are bringing specialized care to lower-resourced communities.


Virtual Visits: A new house call for rare disease treatment

Natasha Shur, M.D., a medical geneticist at Children’s National, simplified the process for families to get care from their health care providers by using virtual visits, including one young patient who had challenges with in-person visits. The change has made medical care easier for patients and families.


A boy sits on a couch with a guitar in his lap as he tests his own blood sugar level.

Using text messages and telemedicine to improve diabetes self-management

Thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the American Diabetes Association, Children's National Psychologist and Diabetes Educator Maureen Monaghan, Ph.D., C.D.E., is evaluating an innovative behavioral intervention that includes telemedicine and text messaging to help young adults attend to their diabetes care.


Taking telemedicine to heart

Craig Sable, M.D.and Andrea Z. Beaton, M.D., used telemedicine to provide follow-ups for patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD), working in Africa and then expanding the project to Brazil, where poverty and overcrowding has contributed to RHD.


Diabetes telemedicine program launches study survey and retrospective chart review

Children's National pediatric diabetes program evaluated how successful its telemedicine program was with a six-month survey and retrospective chart review. They examined caregiver satisfaction and patient quality of life.


Picture imperfect: Eliminating asthma triggers through smartphones

Learn about a $10 million Fannie Mae grant that's funding a Children's National pilot program that uses smartphones to enable virtual home visits to identify potential housing asthma triggers.


A rare prescription: Providing children with palliative care

Several families who faced end-of-life decisions for their children utilized virtual visits to discuss basic palliative care needs and a highly-individualized advance care plan with specialists at Children's National.