On October 18, 2016, the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Department of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) plan to provide telehealth services for American Indian and Alaska Native children served by the IHS.
The IHS and CHOP will develop a wide-ranging pediatric telemedicine strategies for rural communities in the IHS Navajo, Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque Areas. The joint initiative between IHS and CHOP will tackle the barriers of accessing pediatric specialty care and delays in both consultation and services in rural communities by creating a physician-to-physician consultation services via telemedicine services. CHOP physicians will provide advice to IHS health care providers on challenging and uncommon diagnoses and courses of treatment. As a result of this MOU plan, the hope is that children in rural communities will benefit greatly from medical consultations services provided directly, securely and effectively by experts in the field of pediatric medicine. To learn more about the IHS and CHOP initiative partnership, please read here.