Tele-echocardiography, under the umbrella of telemedicine, is a life-saving technology for infants and children with congenital heart disease. Developed in the 1990s at Children's Memorial Hospital, our former location, tele-echocardiography today enables pediatric cardiologists to view and interpret echocardiograms performed on patients at other hospitals in real-time.
This real-time viewing of images and information allows for infants with serious congenital heart disease to be diagnosed quickly and cared for or transferred immediately. This technology is also very effective in defining cases of mild heart disease, which can often be cared for locally.
Our tele-echocardiography technology helped launch similar programs in the United States and internationally. Since the distance between hospitals is irrelevant, tele-echocardiography technology has the potential to become an important solution in diagnosing of congenital heart disease in remote areas without access to pediatric cardiology expertise. Using this simple technology, outcomes for patients with congenital heart disease may be significantly improved around the globe.