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Telehealth services provides virtual physician visits from the comfort of the patients home. Stanford Children’s Health integrated telehealth services slowly a decade ago, they choose to focus on providing virtual physician visits with limited capability to consult directly with patients in their homes. About three years ago, a strong demand for these services has prompted the system to increase the size and scope of its telemedicine program. Although Stanford Children’s program continues to grow quite rapidly many healthcare providers and administrators are not eager to implement this model for care delivery. As a result, only a fraction of hospitals and health systems have adopted telemedicine, which in the coming years could cause them to lose clients to the booming market of convenient-care options.