Digital Communication Has No Boundaries
Telemedicine is the use of telecommunications (mobile phones, laptop computers, tablets) to provide clinical health care. The Center’s telemedicine program is a medical endeavor in partnership with and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in order to provide expertise in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which is often difficult to diagnose, to a much broader population.
The FASD telemedicine program that we are developing would allow the opportunity for a practitioner in a remote location to perform a comprehensive examination of a child being evaluated for FASD that could be simultaneously viewed, commented upon and corrected by an FASD expert at a central location. This provides an innovative approach to the diagnosis of FASD in underserved areas throughout the world where physicians with expertise in diagnosis of this disorder are unavailable. This provides the opportunity for a patient in any location to get a specialized and comprehensive examination for FASD.