A group of health care providers including the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) received a $3.6 million grant to support large-scale research for telehealth in pediatric care.
The five-year grant will “support the development of telehealth research efforts, metric development, identification of best practices and the development of collaborative policy and advocacy materials across the country,” MUSC said in a news release.
“One of the key missing ingredients to the advancement of telehealth nationally and at the local and state levels was the lack of quality research on pediatric telehealth,” said Dr. David McSwain, the chief medical information officer at MUSC.
McSwain and other pediatric care providers created SPROUT (Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth) in 2015 to centralize research efforts across the country. He says research is being done in silos, but SPROUT will provide a method for researchers to collaborate and share their data.