The Effects of Technology on Pediatric Care
Technology is changing the way that patients receive care, and that is especially true for our pediatric cardiovascular patients. Dr. Jake Kleinmahon and Dr. Thomas Young discuss how technology has changed over the years to better care for patients with heart disease and heart failure.
Just a few short years ago, a patient needing a heart monitor would have to be hooked up to multiple wires and stickers to send their electrical activity to a bulky pager. Now, with new technology, patient's can track their heart symptoms with one patch and just the push of a button. This new, simpler process allows the patient to do more daily activities, such as taking a shower, without being limited by all of the equipment.
The Berlin Heart is another new technology that can support a pediatric patient with end-stage heart failure while they wait for a transplant. But gone are the days of being supported while laying in bed hooked up to machines. The Berlin Heart allows patients to live their life as normally and comfortably as possible.
Ochsner Hospital for Children has been ranked among the Top 50 Children’s Hospitals in the country for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery specialties by U.S. News and World Report. Ochsner Hospital for Children is Louisiana's only ranked children's hospital. To learn more, visit ochsner.org/services/pediatric-cardiology.