Iguape, in upstate São Paulo, and Paranaguá, on Paraná coast side, are the first cities to receive the initiative
Through telemedicine, Pequeno Príncipe, the largest exclusively pediatric hospital in the country, is taking its centenary experience to the care of children and adolescents, residents of regions considered to be of high social vulnerability, who need implementation and reinforcement of specialized pediatric knowledge.
The first municipality to receive the service is Iguape, a city in the Vale do Ribeira region of São Paulo. Made possible by a direct contract between Pequeno Príncipe and the municipality, 186 consultations in general pediatrics will be carried out over six months. Services began in June.
To receive remote care, families need to go to the municipality’s health unit. Teleconsultations are supported by TytoCare, a device that has the ability to perform part of the physical exam remotely. The technology allows measuring the patient’s temperature and heart rate, auscultating the heart, lungs and abdominal region. In addition, it generates images of the throat, ear and skin. The transmission of this data takes place in real time, and they are stored securely. The device was brought to Brazil by the startup Tuinda Care, which is expedited by the pediatric hospitals Pequeno Príncipe and Sabará, this one located in São Paulo.
The Pequeno Príncipe telemedicine will also be taken to the municipality of Paranaguá, on Paraná coast side, through the Pequeno Príncipe Telepediatrics Project, approved by the State Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CEDCA, abbreviation in Portuguese), and with contributions from companies as a result of a tax waiver program.
The project will benefit children who use the Porto Seguro Basic Health Unit, located in a region with a high density of children and adolescents with a demand for specialized pediatric knowledge support.
There will be moments dedicated to teleconsultation for children in care at the basic health unit, as well as discussion of cases involving the general practitioner of the unit and pediatricians from Pequeno Príncipe. On these occasions, more complex cases will be discussed.
That very same project will allow service to other municipalities in Paraná, which are still under study.
“These initiatives provide access to high-quality technical pediatric medicine for children in regions without specialized care. Telemedicine, using devices like TytoCare and the experience of our pediatricians, allows our expertise to go anywhere. We are going to share quality assistance and also knowledge,” emphasizes the corporate director of the Pequeno Príncipe Complex, José Álvaro da Silva Carneiro.
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