Telemedicine – Doctor, can you see/hear me? By Melissa Esham 4/7/2015 My son was diagnosed with autism 10 years ago. I was scared. His first two years I thought a lot about leaving my home on the Eastern Shore to get the help he would need to thrive in the Baltimore area. Our local community is a booming metropolis for 3 months a year. The rest of the time we are a rather rural area that is steadily growing and expanding. Our medical needs as a community are increasing with population growth. Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) saw the needs in our community. AGH now partners with Kennedy Krieger to offer telemedicine to our local families. Kennedy Krieger is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents who have development disabilities. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield funding helped set up the necessary equipment to provide telemedicine. Today local parents worried about the development of their children can call a local number 410-641-6881 to get world class diagnosis and treatment. New studies are being performed that allow patients to receive medical treatment in their home. These treatments save critically ill patients and their caregivers from traveling far distances to receive specialized care. Thanks for reading. Would you consider using telemedicine to see a specialist or do you prefer the face to face approach?