Technology helps expedite medical recovery for hospitalized children in a very shocking way: video chat.
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So how does something as simple as video chat help cure these little people?
It reduces stress. It’s proven that what we think influences how we feel, which in turns plays a toll on our bodies.
The same theory holds true here…
Take 3-year-old Malia Ramirez for example. She suffers from a painful inflammatory bowel disease called Ulcerative Colitis, which has prompted her extended hospital stay.
Children are often accompanied by games, toys, and activities, but at moments, Malia gets admittedly scared.
And this is where technology kicks in. Her nurse will usually hand over an iPad.
On the other end of this device, Malia finds the warm, welcome face of her father. What else could a hurting child want other than the comfort of a parent’s love?
And video chat makes that warm, healing moment a reality, instantaneously.
Voilà! Malia goes from sad to happy with a touch of a button, alleviating her medical condition, too. This isn’t just smoke and mirrors, science proves the theory…
Chat Your Way to Recovery
A team of researchers at University of California, Davis, studied how children respond to such devices.
Survey says: Children with technology to communicate with family are in better emotional shape compared to those without. “It puts them at ease, and it reduces their anxiety and stress level so they can better heal in this environment, which can be pretty challenging for these kids.”
Based on this finding, the hospital created Family Link, a program for children to interact with loved ones via iPads and laptops.
Family Link reduced stress by 37% for children participating in the program. This bit of news is music to doctors’ ears because the more a child communicates with his family, the easier it is for doctors and nurses to care for them.
“And if we can reduce that stress by bringing in family members and by allowing that child to sort of leave the world of the sick for 10 minutes, or an hour, or two hours, or participate with their classmates, that is an important element of the healing environment we want to create here,” adds Dr. Thomas Nesbitt, Vice Chancellor of Strategic Technologies at UC Davis.
And this is what is really comes down to: Keep kids emotionally well so that they can be physically well.
Tech Research Team