Pediatric telemedicine visits see increase

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KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The coronavirus crisis has changed the way we are encouraged to see a doctor with the recommendation now turning to scheduling a virtual visit.

Telemedicine has been around for a number of years but places like PAK Pediatrics are now embracing the technology.

Pediatrician Jeffery Kile may have been the only one in the room on Wendnesday, but he had a virtual visitor: seven-year-old Gibson Williams.

It’s the first time Gibson’s mom, Anne Williams scheduled a telemedicine appointment and she is not the only one. The pediatrics field has seen a roughly 25 percent increase in these virtual visits during the coronavirus crisis.

“To be able to get him to see Dr. Kile without having to take him or his younger sister or anyone else out of the house is really great with what’s going on,” Williams told Eyewitness News.

While some conditions may warrant an in-office visit, Dr. Kile considers telemedicine perfect for diagnosing such things as colds, rashes, headaches and even emotional issues.

“This is a technology that can help our patients, be convenient for them, and we wanted to bring them something that was really state of the art,” Kile said.

PAK Pediatrics uses what looks like a TV studio with such features as specialized lighting, a high-def web camera, and a backdrop that helps create a comfortable atmosphere and keeps young patients safe at home.

“Instead of them going somewhere else to find care, urgent care or even to the emergency room they are seeing the doctors that know them best in their medical home, medical family,” Kile explained.

PAK Pediatrics does same-day virtual visits for families who just need to go online and sign into a queue.

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