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Telemedicine visits identify likely indoor triggers of childhood asthma

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Children’s National Health Systems

Washington, D.C.

Can asthma-related illnesses in children be improved by identifying possible triggers inside the home and connecting families to remediation resources?

The project with Children’s National Health Systems (CNHS) aims to improve the asthma health of pediatric patients by identifying and remediating triggers in their homes, thereby reducing the number of asthma-related hospital visits. Building on their award-winning IMPACT DC Asthma program, CNHS leverages telehealth to conduct virtual home health visits with families living in Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C., and in Prince George’s County, MD, to identify indoor asthma triggers and suggest remediation plans that address the problems at their root causes.

With a contract award from Fannie Mae, the CNHS team has been able to:

  • Hire a project coordinator, an IMPACT DC program lead, and a physician to lead all virtual health visits.
  • Finalize and implement virtual home visit protocols.

By the end of the contract with Fannie Mae, CNHS expects to have engaged hundreds of families through virtual health visits and to have provided a variety of home remediations through their partner, Yachad. CNHS plans to continue exploring reimbursement models through Managed Care Organizations to pay for virtual visits and home repair/remediation activities.

Children’s National Health Systems is the leading pediatric health system in the Washington, D.C., area with a health care experience designed around kids’ unique needs and a dedication to caring for children and the community.


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