The benefit is gigantic for families, not just because it provides them a naturalistic setting, but they don’t have to travel.
Telemedicine: Less Driving, More Access to UVA Specialists
Telemedicine, or telehealth, uses videoconferencing technology to connect faraway patients and primary care doctors to UVA specialists. Over the last 20 years, UVA’s telehealth services have saved patients millions of miles of driving. They can access more than 60 specialties through telemedicine.
Developmental pediatrician Mariam Halpern, MD, describes telemedicine like this: “You get to see very well the patient in a comfortable setting. So I get to see these children with their families in a room where they can play; they’re not feeling like they’re at a doctor’s office.”
I have never had blood sugar this stable, and I have never felt this good in my life.
How the Artificial Pancreas Helped a Type 1 Diabetes Patient
Lauren Sivewright has struggled with Type 1 diabetes since she was three. Since then, she has struggled to keep her blood sugar stable and worried that it would drop too low while she was asleep.
UVA researchers developed a device to help people like Lauren. The artificial pancreas is a smartphone-based system that automatically tests blood sugar every five minutes, then predicts whether it will go too high or low.
Lauren participated in the clinical trial. With the artificial pancreas, she enjoyed her life without worrying about her blood sugar, which remained stable.
Although the artificial pancreas is still undergoing clinical trials, researchers hope to ultimately make it available to anyone with Type 1 diabetes.
UVA student Cleo Boyd ran long distance for UVA’s cross country and track and field teams. But she often had to take time off from her training because of an ongoing foot injury.
Foot and ankle specialist Joseph Park, MD, noticed Cleo’s ankle collapsed to the inside when she walked. He recommended surgery to create a better arch for her foot.
Cleo was nervous about taking time off for surgery. However, after she recovered, she began training consistently, without needing time off. She has become a top Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) runner and won the 5,000 and 10,000-meter race at the 2016 ACC championships.