INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this investigation was to assess the utilization of telehealth capabilities by pediatric orthopaedic departments across the United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic .
METHODS: One hundred four pediatric orthopaedic departments were investigated regarding each institution's current telehealth utilization as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic .
RESULTS: Of the 104 hospitals contacted across the United States , 100 pediatric orthopaedic departments in 39 states responded for an overall response rate of 96% . Of the 95 institutions offering telehealth services , 83 (87.4 %) cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the impetus for the implementation of telehealth services . Of these , 29 institutions (31 %) began offering services from March 16 to March 31 and 34 (36 %) began offering services from April 1 to April 15 . Regional analysis demonstrated an 800% increase in telehealth services in the state of New York, a 600% increase in Florida, a 500% increase in Texas, a 400% increase in Michigan, a 200% increase in Pennsylvania, and a 1,100% increase in California .
DISCUSSION: This study demonstrates the rapid response measures instituted by pediatric orthopaedic institutions to meet the fundamental needs of the pediatric population during this unprecedented pandemic.