UnitedHealthcare has received the Technology Award from Medicaid Health Plans of America's (MHPA) Center for Best Practices for its telemedicine services used to treat children with complex medical conditions on the Navajo Nation.
The program, launched by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona, uses telemedicine technology that enables pediatric neurologists to provide medical services to children with complex health conditions like cerebral palsy and spin bifida who live in remote locations on the Navajo Nation, which comprises nearly 27,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The technology uses high-definition videoconferencing equipment with sophisticated imaging and audio to connect pediatric neurologists with patients, removing the need for children and their families to travel up to several hours to see a specialist. In addition to neurology, the telemedicine program plans to expand to include orthopedic, metabolic genetics and cardiac services. UnitedHealth Group