Pediatric Telehealth: Opportunities and Challenges

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 Apr;63(2):367-78. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2015.11.006.


This article examines the current role of telehealth as a tool in the delivery of pediatric health care. It defines telemedicine and telehealth and provides an overview of different types of telehealth services. The article then explores the potential of telehealth to improve pediatric health care quality and safety through increased access to care, enhanced communication, expanded educational opportunities, and better resource utilization. It also discusses current challenges to the implementation of telehealth, including technological, financial, and licensing barriers, as well as provider, patient, and legal concerns.

Keywords: Access to care; Pediatrics; Telehealth; Telemedicine; mHealth.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics*
  • Telemedicine*