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New Stanford COVID-19 Resource Page

Stanford Medicine is closely monitoring the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the safety of our patients, our employees, and our community. This page is dedicated to the latest information and developments about COVID-19.

Additional information can be found on dedicated COVID-19 sites from Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. Information for employees is also available on the Stanford Health Alerts page, Stanford Health Care’s Intranet and Stanford Children’s Health Intranet.



Stanford Children’s Health Sees a Surge in Telehealth Visits During Coronavirus Pandemic

As of late March, Stanford Children’s Health care teams are seeing up to 500 virtual medical visits daily. Virtual visits allow patients and/or their guardians to interact and consult with their health care provider, who can review the patient’s medical information for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment, go over test results, fulfill prescriptions, and provide patient education.

Stanford Children’s Health care teams have been using telehealth since 2013 to connect physicians with patients who do not live near the hospital or a specialty services center. A pediatric physician with Stanford Children’s Health recently conducted his 1,000th telehealth visit.



How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus

Taiwan is 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to have the second highest number of cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to its proximity to and number of flights between China.1 The country has 23 million citizens of which 850 000 reside in and 404 000 work in China.2,3 In 2019, 2.71 million visitors from the mainland traveled to Taiwan.4 As such, Taiwan has been on constant alert and ready to act on epidemics arising from China ever since the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003. Given the continual spread of COVID-19 around the world, understanding the action items that were implemented quickly in Taiwan and assessing the effectiveness of these actions in preventing a large-scale epidemic may be instructive for other countries.



How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, experts at Stanford Children’s Health have advice about how families can prepare their children for the continued news coverage and conversations around the outbreak.

Parents and caregivers should communicate in an age-appropriate way that addresses children’s questions without stoking anxiety, says Stanford Children’s Health psychiatrist Victor Carrion, MD, who also directs the Stanford Early Life Stress and Resilience Program. He has tips for how to share information about the spread of the virus with children and teens.  



Improving Care of Newborns, One Baby At A Time

As a new parent, you want to hold your baby close the minute you lay eyes on him. You want to cuddle, love, calm, and protect. The last thing you want is to hear that your baby needs to go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and be separated from you unless absolutely necessary. Now, moms with an intra-amniotic infection during labor called chorioamnionitis and their well-appearing baby get to stay together safely and experience important family bonding time after birth, thanks to a new clinical approach pioneered at Stanford Children’s Health.

“It’s a more baby-friendly way of doing things. It focuses on the mother and baby and allows the parents to cherish that most special time with their newborn,” says Adam Frymoyer, MD, a Stanford neonatal hospitalist.



Mary Leonard elected President of American Pediatric Society

HOUSTON, February 27, 2020 – The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce the 2020 election results and wish to thank all the members who participated and ran in this year’s election.  

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, is the Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the director of the Maternal Health Research Institute at Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as the Adalyn Jay Physician in Chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. An APS member since 2017, Dr. Leonard is a distinguished investigator, an expert clinician and a respected mentor. Currently a council member for the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, Dr. Leonard has also held a council position for the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology. Energetic and collaborative, Dr. Leonard is a compassionate clinician and researcher who cares deeply about improving the health and well-being of children everywhere. (Terms of Service:  May 2021 – 2022 APS President; May 2022 – 2023 APS Past President)

 



Partial e-cigarette 'flavor ban' goes into effect today. Here's what happens next

CNN - An e-cigarette policy that goes into effect will result in a number of flavored vaping products being taken off the U.S. market. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is quoted.



Stanford Children’s Health experts are applying CDC funding and design thinking toward making their weight-management program available to low-income families nationwide.

For the last 20 years, experts at the Stanford Children’s Health Pediatric Weight Control Program have helped local families learn how their kids can reach and maintain healthy weights. Now, the program’s leaders are taking a Silicon Valley-inspired approach to sharing that success.

Funded by a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they will use design thinking and technology to package the weight-control program, now available only at Stanford Children’s Health, into a format that can be delivered by health professionals and community leaders anywhere. Stanford experts are incorporating lessons from Biodesign and the technology industry into their efforts to scale up the delivery of the program.