Kentucky Children's Hospital TIDBIT
Media Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver, 859-361-1887
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2008) - Kentucky Children's Hospital will introduce to the public from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 the new TIDBIT program at the UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center at the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard. TIDBIT stands for Telemedicine in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Intervention and Training. It is an innovative Kentucky TeleCare initiative bringing developmental-behavioral pediatric expertise to communities in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky.
The TIDBIT program offers many advantages to families including reducing the time and cost required to travel to major metropolitan centers to see a specialist; keeping health care in community centers where families are familiar; reducing absence from school and work due to travel for children and families; and allowing more convenient access to specialists not easily obtained outside of tertiary care centers.
Advantages for community providers include creating a networking opportunity with the specialist for coordinating care of complex patients; providing opportunities for educational programs to health care and mental health provider offices; and keeping patients and health care revenue in the local communities.
"Kentucky Children's Hospital is pleased to offer TIDBIT to children and families in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky," said Dr. Tim Bricker, Jacqueline A. Noonan Endowed Chair and professor and chair of pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine. "We appreciate being able to work with community providers so their patients won't have to come to Lexington," said Bricker who is physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children's Hospital.
"Many families in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky must drive over two hours and over 100 miles each way to access a child developmental-behavioral specialist," said Dr. Neelkamal Soares, assistant professor of pediatrics, UK College of Medicine, and developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Kentucky Children's Hospital. "This program enables Kentucky Children's Hospital to extend these services into communities and promotes partnerships with the medical practices that entrust us with consultation on these children and families," said Soares who is one of only four board-certified specialists in this field in Kentucky.
"This is an important program for one of the most vulnerable populations in our community," said Dr. Baretta R. Casey, director of the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health. "Our children are our future. I'm pleased that the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health is able to partner with the Kentucky Children's Hospital to make this a reality."
UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health and the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead are the first two regional partners in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky to have TIDBIT programs. Soon the program will be expanded across the Commonwealth to serve the needs of families affected by children's developmental and behavioral problems. TIDBIT has been recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program as deserving of a grant to plan and coordinate care with community providers to offer developmental-behavioral pediatric services to rural populations.