A Family Affair: Improving the Hospital Experience

Nearly one out of every six discharges from U.S. hospitals are children under the age of 17, the majority of which are infants.

In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers explore patient engagement outcomes from the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Technology-Based Patient and Family Engagement Consult Service. This service offered a framework with tailored technologies for treating pediatric patients with chronic illnesses.

What did they discover? Caregivers’ access to a young patient’s treatment via new communication channels, like new mobile apps and online support groups, increased their health knowledge and confidence in supporting a loved one’s hospital stay.
WhyInformatics? So, we can better identify the hospital needs of children and their caregivers.