Telehealth and Global Medicine

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, our hospital pivoted to telehealth. Generous donor support helped make this possible.

Virtual visits jumped from 77 in February 2020 to 2,000+ per month, including home visits in specialties such as cardiology and endocrinology. Wellness visits and art therapy  continue via videoconference. Our robotic telemedicine unit, Dr. Bear Bot, delivers  specialists across the hospital and around the country to patient bedsides.

Care at Home and Around the World

Two female nurses, one Black and one White, attend to a Black elementary school aged boy. One nurse holds an iPad so the patient can video chat with family.

Connected Care

Telehealth at Children’s National helps sick kids feel closer to home when they must stay in the hospital. Donations provide iPads in hospital rooms so patients can visit with parents and family members who can’t be there.

A White family is shown on a monitor, and a female practitioner of color speaks with them via video chat from their office.

Global Care

Generous donors make it possible for Children’s National to provide care to children beyond the Washington, D.C. area via telehealth. This technology also allows us to better collaborate with health organizations in other parts of the world.

A pre-school aged mixed race female cancer patient paints at an easel during an art therapy session.

Zoe's Story

Art is a key part of Zoe’s cancer treatment, bringing both joy and distraction. When the pandemic hit, she was devastated to lose her regular art therapy sessions, says mom Brigitte. Telehealth enabled Zoe to continue from home. “The gift of technology put that pep back in her step,” Brigitte says.