A study at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., finds use of telemedicine enabled earlier diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious pediatric heart conditions.

Researchers reviewed 1,285 pediatric echocardiograms performed at St. John's Medical Center in Joplin and transmitted to the children's hospital 160 miles away for interpretation between April 1998 and October 2009. Of the 905 echocardiograms that were first-time studies, 99 percent were judged by the interpreting cardiologist to be complete and adequate in quality.

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