CHA News Article

Report Details Benefits, Barriers for Using Telehealth to Treat Children With Special Needs

A study released this week by The Children’s Partnership — in collaboration with UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the Center for Connected Health Policy and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health — recommends a series of actions to address barriers to integrating telehealth into California’s health care delivery system for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN), who represent one of every seven children in California. Most require multiple specialists, coordinated health care and related services on an ongoing basis beyond those needed by other children. Provider shortages, lack of access to specialists, lack of affordable transportation and other obstacles prevent CSHCN from receiving the care they need. While research has shown that telehealth is effective at providing a range of timely services to children and can help improve their health outcomes, the new study identifies five key barriers to adopting telehealth for this important patient population.