Big Social issue: Shortage in pediatric healthcare?

This week, i’ll be focusing on what hospitals are taking into action to bigger social issues. Upon research, i found out that there is a huge shortage on specialized pediatric care that prevents many children from receiving basic healthcare. We’ll look at what hospitals are trying to improve to stop the shortage from children receiving care, and how it’s going to affect pediatric healthcare globally.

Hospitals are now entering Cisco’s connected healthy children CSR program, or ImpactX.

.thWhat ImpactX allows hospitals to do is to apply high definition video conferencing technology to expand accessibility to pediatric care in emergencies or just in every day needs. With this technology provided by Cisco, it allows efficient pediatric care to anywhere around the world, and even allows collaboration of knowledge between physicians and organizations. Especially with communities without specialists for pediatric care, can now easily access information and healthcare without traveling expenses. It reduces time, travel fare, and greatly increase accessibility. So far only a few hospitals have received this program and have put it into use. Within just a few hospitals;


  • There has been a 60% drop in waiting times to see a pediatric urologist – from months to weeks
  • 300 pediatric patients now receive care – at – a – distance from pediatric specialists each month
  • Connected ImpactX to help children in Atlanta, London, Brazil, China, and Kenya

In the future, this method will multiply to benefit not just the society but the entire world.


  • In Packard Children’s hospital, Cisco technology has given patients access to many more specialists in partnership with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
  • In Brazil, Cisco technology is used to connect specialists at university hospitals to clinics in less fortunate areas, improving accessibility for patients.
  • In London, one of the top rated pediatric research institution in the world, Great Ormond Street Hospital will now use Cisco technology to collaborate with multiple hospitals.
  • In Atlanta, Hospitals are now using collaborative technology to give pediatric patients with autism to use video chat,  as the children prefer.
  • Giving  rural communities connections to urban hospitals improve access to quality medical care in Kenya where there is 1 doctor for every 26,000 people.

With this world issue of shortage in pediatric care around the world, Cisco technologies will now invest newer technology to improve accessibility of healthcare. This will further improve not just pediatric healthcare, but healthcare overall around the world, and i’m very excited to see what changes ImpactX will make in the future.


For more information on ImpactX click here

For more information on what shortage of pediatric care in relation with Cisco click here



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