Pediatric Psychiatry Receives Special Equipment from CMN Funds

An Apple iPad can provide hours of entertainment, but this same device also can offer state-of-the-art patient assessment.

By combining the iPad with specialized software, the Pediatric Psychiatry Department at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital is able to provide the most advanced assessment tools with the convenience of today’s technology.

“With the support of Children’s Miracle Network, we now have the most cutting-edge technology for pediatric neuropsychological assessment, while making testing more practical with these portable devices,” said Heather Hoover, Ph.D., ABN, pediatric neuropsychologist at Geisinger.

The portability allows the psychiatric team to take devices to specialty and outreach clinics and not have to rely on existing test kits which cannot be removed from the main clinic in the children’s hospital. The electronic testing eliminates the need for paper record forms, which not only helps with storage problems for the department, but also eliminates a significant expense, according to Hoover.

“The program also allows for automated scoring, which decreases the amount of time residents and I need to spend hand-scoring tests,” Hoover said. “This will increase time we have available for direct patient care.”

For more information about this equipment or Children’s Miracle Network, please contact Mike McMullen at 814-949-2302.

About Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps make miracles happen every day at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and pediatric specialty outreach clinics.

A nonprofit organization, it has raised more than $53 million for pediatric services, equipment and programs throughout Geisinger Health System since 1984.

For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, call 1-800-322-5437 or 570-271-6188, or

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