New “doctor’s office on wheels” will bring high tech mobile
medical care to teens in need
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Underserved adolescents from San Francisco to San Jose will be the
recipients of the most technologically advanced mobile healthcare
following today’s unveiling of a new Children’s Health Fund mobile
medical unit. Known as the Teen Health Van, the “doctor’s office on
wheels” will feature Samsung’s innovative technology and be operated in
partnership with Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard
Children’s Hospital Stanford. Through a generous grant from Samsung, the
program will provide advanced mobile health care for uninsured and
homeless adolescents and young adults through state-of-the-art
technology to serve the unique needs of this vulnerable population.
Children’s health has also been a focus of the Samsung Hope for Children
initiative since 2002.
This is the latest in a national network fleet of mobile medical units
developed by Children’s Health Fund which incorporates the use of mobile
electronic health records now in use across the U.S. today.
“With so much incredible technology changing the way our world operates
today, we owe every teen and child the benefit of these advancements,”
said Dr. Irwin Redlener, president and co-founder of Children’s Health
Fund. “Every child deserves the best possible chance at life, and these
technological advances, courtesy of our wonderful partner Samsung, can
turn these chances into true change.”
“We are so excited to see our technology being used to enhance medical
care for children in need,” said Ann Woo, director of corporate
citizenship at Samsung Electronics North America. “At Samsung, we strive
to support organizations like Children’s Health Fund that share our
passion for making a difference in children’s lives.”
The new Teen Health Van will increase access, convenience, continuity,
and quality of care to meet the unique needs of this patient population.
Each exam room will be equipped with flat-screen monitors and tablets
loaded with interactive technology and health education resources. When
used together, the medical provider will be able to illustrate symptoms,
demonstrate treatments and discuss other health issues to better engage
patients and improve outcomes.
One innovative way this technology is being used is through the act of
mirroring. Mirroring is a tool for health education that is starting to
help medical providers improve their communication with patients.
Providers will have the ability to pull up an image on a tablet on which
they can draw, to demonstrate a process in the body to educate the
patient and parent. Conversely, patients will have the ability to draw
on the tablet to explain to their provider symptoms which they may not
otherwise be able to describe, helping their provider make a more
Founded in September 1995 and celebrating 20 years of providing care,
the Teen Health Van is a longstanding partnership between Children’s
Health Fund and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Seth
Ammerman, MD, is the medical director for the program, which provides
comprehensive services to at-risk, homeless, and uninsured patients ages
10-25 at seven locations from San Francisco to San Jose.
“I am very excited about our new mobile medical unit,” said Dr.
Ammerman, who is also a clinical professor of pediatrics–adolescent
medicine at Stanford. “This will allow us to continue to provide
outstanding comprehensive primary health care services to the
underserved youth we work with. Equipped with state-of-the-art health
care technology,” he continued, “the new unit will enable us to take our
care provision to the next level, so that our patients can be even more
engaged in the program, and have the best health outcomes possible.”
“The Teen Health Van plays a crucial role in our mission to provide
extraordinary care for all Bay Area children, including teens and young
adults who might otherwise not have access to comprehensive medical
care,” adds Sherri Sager, Chief Government and Community Relations
Officer for Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s
Hospital Stanford. “We are honored to partner with Children’s Health
Fund and Samsung to bring even better care to the vulnerable youth we
serve on the San Francisco Peninsula.”
Launched in 2014, the Samsung Innovation Center at Children’s Health
Fund pairs Samsung’s technological expertise with Children’s Health
Fund’s decades of experience in breaking down barriers to care to make
health care more accessible for children in need.
Additional support for the program is generously provided by Morgan
Stanley. Gravity Tank also provided generous in-kind guidance on how to
best utilize the Samsung technology on the mobile medical unit.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S HEALTH FUND
Children’s Health Fund was created in 1987 in response to an
unacceptable situation. For thousands of kids packed into New York
City’s homeless shelters, their chance for the future was dim. That
inspired singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/child advocate
Irwin Redlener, MD, to do something life-changing for these children.
Adequate medical care was an essential first step in helping them to be
healthy and ready to learn, to have dreams and the hope of achieving
them. Today, Children’s Health Fund has 50 mobile clinics, each a
“doctor’s offices on wheels,” serving hundreds of locations across the
country. And, over the past 26 years, the organization has grown to
support almost 250,000 health care visits each year for disadvantaged
children. For more information, visit childrenshealthfund.org.
ABOUT SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA
Samsung Electronics North America (NAHQ), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ,
is an arm of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad
range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and
home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung’s North
American brand management including Samsung Electronics America, Inc.,
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC and Samsung Electronics Canada,
Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design,
Samsung is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry.
For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
You can also Fan Samsung on www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA or
follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.
ABOUT STANFORD CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND LUCILE PACKARD CHILDREN’S
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford at its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise
exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized
News & World Report as one of America’s best, we
are a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes
in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the
routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with
Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we can be accessed through
partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary
care practices at more than 60 locations in Northern California and 100
locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed
to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured
kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school
nurse positions in local schools. Learn more at stanfordchildrens.org and
on our Healthier,
Happy Lives blog.
Children’s Health Fund
Diane Iselin, 212-535-9400
Electronics North America
Danielle Cohen, 201-390-3811
Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
Jennifer Yuan, 650-799-6948