Challenges Facing Children with Special Healthcare Needs and Their Families: Telemedicine as a Bridge to Care

Mary Hooshmand, Kristiana Yao

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Telemedicine is an increasingly utilized mode of healthcare delivery, which improves access to care for vulnerable populations. Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN) and their families face significant challenges, such as geographic, financial, and sociocultural barriers, in accessing needed healthcare services. The literature supports telemedicine as an effective accepted bridge between CSHCN and their providers. A growing body of telemedicine projects also suggests cost-effectiveness when considering the direct and indirect costs the families of CSCHN incur in seeking healthcare services. These new systems of care should prioritize caring and family centeredness while reducing the burdens of CSHCN and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017



  • access to care
  • caring
  • Children with Special Healthcare Needs
  • cost
  • disparities
  • family-centered care
  • healthcare delivery systems
  • pediatrics
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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