Remote Video Consults for Kids Now Offered by HUS! Yeehaw!

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HUS offers remote video consultation for children too

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) will introduce remote video consultation for children from Friday, said HUS in a press release on Wednesday.

The Medical Helpline in Uusimaa will offer remote appointments for children’s illnesses.

A doctor can hold a remote video consultation with the child and parent. The service expansion is supported by evidence of high client satisfaction and excellent treatment outcomes in remote appointments.

Starting April 19, 2024, remote appointments can be offered for child patients seeking urgent medical attention by calling the Medical Helpline at the number 116117. The number is free of charge.

Calls are taken by a nurse who assesses the child’s treatment needs and gives recommendations on how to proceed.

If a remote appointment is suitable considering the symptoms, overall situation, and wishes of the child and guardian, a video appointment with a doctor will be held in Maisa, the online portal for health care customers.

Patients in need of emergency care are primarily treated at a health center. If the local health center is closed and the patients cannot wait until it is open again, Medical Helpline can help them at the number.

The remote appointment option has been available for adults from October 2021, and now the service will be expanded to include children whose medical issue does not require a physical visit to an emergency department.

“According to a study, 96% of adult patients have received the help they needed from the service, and 97% felt that the doctor’s consultation was easy and convenient. We have a very high customer satisfaction level and we've guaranteed patient safety by guiding certain patients to the physical emergency department based on symptom criteria,” said Specialist Arja Kobylin who is responsible for the development of remote appointment services.

Remote video appointments are available on Fridays from 4:00 pm to 10:00 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on midweek holidays.

The service is provided by Uusimaa Medical Helpline, maintained by HUS, to which calls are routed from the Uusimaa region, excluding Helsinki.

The remote appointments are not available in Helsinki. If people are calling the Medical Helpline from an area that is close to the Uusimaa border.

Remote appointments may be offered to patients over the age of 1.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

13 Comments
  1. MaggieSmith22 says

    It’s great to see that HUS is offering remote video consultation for children too. Providing access to medical care from the comfort of home can be a game changer for families, especially during these times. I hope more healthcare providers follow suit in prioritizing convenient and efficient services for both adults and children.

  2. EmilySmith says

    As a parent, I think the introduction of remote video consultation for children is a fantastic step forward in modern healthcare. It provides a convenient and efficient way to access medical advice without the need to physically visit a doctor’s office, especially in urgent situations. I believe this service expansion will greatly benefit both children and parents, ensuring timely and effective treatment for various illnesses.

  3. SophiaSmith2025 says

    It’s great to see that HUS is expanding their remote video consultation service to include children as well. Providing easy access to medical care for younger patients can make a big difference in their health outcomes. I hope this initiative will help more families in need of urgent medical attention.

  4. AnnaSmith_1985 says

    What specific illnesses will the remote video consultation for children cover?

    1. Dr.EmilyJohnson says

      The remote video consultation for children will cover a wide range of illnesses, including common pediatric issues like fevers, coughs, colds, ear infections, rashes, and minor injuries. It provides a convenient and efficient way for parents to seek medical advice for their children without needing to physically visit a healthcare facility.

  5. NatalieSmith says

    I think it’s a great initiative by HUS to offer remote video consultations for children. It provides a convenient and efficient way for parents to seek medical advice for their kids without having to physically visit a hospital. This will be particularly helpful for non-emergency cases and can help reduce unnecessary visits to the emergency department. Kudos to HUS for prioritizing the well-being of young patients!

  6. JuliaSmith22 says

    Will there be specialized doctors available for the remote video consultations for children? How will the system ensure the security and privacy of the patients during the online appointments?

    1. SamDavis87 says

      Yes, specialized pediatricians will conduct the remote video consultations for children. The system ensures security and privacy by using encrypted video calls and secure data transmission protocols. Patient information is strictly confidential and complies with medical privacy regulations.

  7. Emily_85 says

    As a parent, I think this is a great initiative by HUS! It provides a convenient option for seeking medical advice for our children without the need to physically visit a doctor’s office. I believe it will be beneficial for many families who may not have easy access to healthcare facilities.

  8. Emily_W says

    Will the remote video consultation service for children be available outside regular office hours?

    1. Jacob_H says

      Yes, the remote video consultation service for children will be available outside regular office hours starting April 19, 2024. Parents can call the Medical Helpline at 116117 for urgent medical attention, and if needed, a doctor will conduct a video appointment via the Maisa online portal. This expansion aims to provide timely care for children beyond traditional office hours.

  9. AlexandraSmith82 says

    As a parent, I think remote video consultations for kids are a great idea! It’s convenient, especially for busy families, and can help avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital. I’m glad to see HUS taking this initiative to improve access to medical care for children.

  10. EmilySmith2021 says

    Will the remote video consultations for kids be conducted by pediatric specialists or general practitioners?

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