Ohio hospital launches kiosk pilot

Grant-funded program enables providers to see more children via kiosks
By Bernie Monegain
10:52 PM

Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, will expand access to healthcare to more children via four HealthSpot Station units in and around the city. HealthSpot announced the pilot at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting this week in Austin, Texas.

The HealthSpot Station is an 8- by 5-foot private, walk-in medical kiosk that features high-definition videoconferencing and interactive digital medical devices. Each is furnished with a desktop touchscreen, audio system, two-way video screen, and is spacious enough to accommodate parents and their kids during a true-to-life "virtual visit" that brings patients face-to-face with medical professionals from Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"HealthSpot's solution shows how technology can be used to make care affordable, convenient and effective," said HealthSpot CEO and founder Steve Cashman, in a news release. "It is truly rewarding for us to partner with Nationwide Children's to extend that care to the children that need it most right here in our own hometown."

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Cashman noted that the Nationwide Children's partnership is a "critical step" for HealthSpot's effort to build a national network of HealthSpot Stations in retail and community locations, with provider services from the nation's top health systems. The six-month Nationwide Children's HealthSpot pilot will provide the hospital an opportunity to develop infrastructure and test the kiosk technology with the pediatric population. It will expand access to pediatric healthcare providers in an efficient manner.

"The HealthSpot kiosk technology will enable us to provide access to our pediatric experts in an efficient manner," said Gil Peri, Nationwide Children's vice president for Regional Development, in a statement. "The HealthSpot kiosk provides a high-definition video interaction along with medical device attachments all in a private setting.  We are looking forward to piloting the technology over the next six months. If the initial pilot is successful, we will expand the technology to South and Central Ohio rural communities."

[See also: Telehealth boon for Ohio babies.]

Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

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