Two out of three deaths among children under age five could be prevented with effective primary healthcare globally. It is a generally recognized fact that regular medical care is essential for early diagnosis and treatment of illness and chronic diseases. And poor health causes developmental delays, affecting learning ability and a child’s ability to reach full intellectual potential. Sick children exact a toll on families, resulting in lost income and an overall compromised quality of life.
But access to pediatric care is not as simple as it should be. In fact, many areas of the world suffer from a shortage of doctors concentrating on children’s health, including parts of the United States.
In the U.S., 15 million children live in areas where the ratio of pediatricians and family physicians is 22 for every 100,000 kids. According to Time Magazine, that’s a patient load of more than 4500 children per doctor.
Cisco’s primary Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts in healthcare are focused on improving access to and quality of care for children in all parts of the world.
Our telehealth technologies can help connect pediatricians to remote and rural areas to ensure that all children can access proper healthcare. Our care-at-a-distance technologies not only connect doctors to patients, but doctors to doctors for truly collaborative care and the sharing of medical knowledge. We believe telehealth is the wave of the future and the answer to bridging the healthcare gap.
To learn more about Cisco’s CSR focus on children’s healthcare, please download our white paper.