A not-for-profit initiative of Jackson Healthcare is moving from pilot to expansion phase, and including more doctors and other licensed medical providers to help impoverished global children get completely free, tech-enabled healthcare. Connecting Kids with Care™ is now accepting additional physicians, nurses, therapists and other advanced practitioner volunteers to add to the corps of more than 100 who have already helped treat 600+ medically at-risk children.
The initiative mobilizes Jackson Healthcare’s core healthcare staffing relationships, technologies and expertise to link children to life-altering care through remote care technology. In less than a year, Connecting Kids with Care™ exceeded its goals, having already begun work with more than 100 humanitarian organizations in 15 countries. It has matched individual children with volunteer medical providers from 13 specialties who have provided direct interventional care, assessment, and care planning for the kids, their local medical staff and caregivers.
Services are 100 percent free for both medical volunteers and those receiving care. The Connecting Kids with Care™ platform utilizes existing technologies so there is no need for anyone to purchase additional equipment. The pairing of personal relationships with technology (live remote video, shared chart reviews, multimedia storage and collaboration tools) allows medical experts to donate their skills with optimal efficiency, and opens up new opportunities for children and medical providers alike.
“Physicians and medical professionals are passionate about providing care for the most remote and vulnerable people in the world,” explains Jackson Healthcare President Shane Jackson. “These children are on a path to shortened or irreparably diminished lives without access to modern medical care. We’re providing connectivity for professionals to help with technology they already own and use every day… and it’s life-changing for both the physicians and children.”
Since launching in pilot phase in July 2016, Connecting Kids with Care™ has facilitated nearly 800 care encounters including adoption medical assessment, urgent and episodic care, chronic disease care plans, chart reviews with physician collaboration, feeding and therapy plans, and clinical decision making. These diagnoses have a broad range of impacts for the children and their caregivers. Orphaned or abandoned children access better immediate care while prospective adoptive parents are better able to anticipate and plan lifetime care.
Its wide reaching response and dramatic individual impacts have lead Jackson to complete the pilot early, and open up the program publicly to more healthcare professionals and organizations around the world.
To learn more about Connecting Kids with Care™, practitioners can visit ConnectingKidsWithCare.org. Signing up does not obligate a provider in any way, but will offer opportunities to volunteer their specialty for a child or children around the world.
Connecting Kids with Care™ (formerly known as the World Care Exchange) is incorporated in Georgia and is applying for non-profit status. It has a full-time staff of four, supported by recruiting and professional services from Jackson Healthcare’s staffing and technology companies.