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CPT Telemedicine & Telehealth Network

Telemedicine is a way of using technology to provide or support clinical care at a distance.  The Child Protection Team Telemedicine Network uses this technology to provide medical assessments for children who are alleged victims of abuse or neglect.

Telemedicine offers benefits from many perspectives, including:

  • Increasing the availability of local medical experts to evaluate children alleged to have been abused
  • Reducing the number of children who need to travel to a different location for evaluation
  • Increasing the number of successful court actions by improving local expert court testimony
  • Creating new roles for nursing staff in evaluating these cases
  • Increasing training opportunities for local health care providers

Telemedicine works by connecting a child from one location with a health care professional in another location.  A doctor or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner located at the “hub” site directs the medical examination.  Meanwhile, a Registered Nurse at the “remote” site greets the child, explains the telemedicine equipment, and assists with the medical examination.  The exam is conducted on the child at the remote site, but through the special telemedicine equipment, medical professionals are able to see the exam and diagnose the child. 

CPT Telemedicine Fact Sheet