A second opinion from our experts can help you better understand your child's treatment options.
When your child has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition or illness, consider a second opinion from the pediatric specialists at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. A second opinion can give you the peace of mind knowing your child’s health is in expert hands. At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, we offer both in-person second opinions and virtual second opinions. Choose which option works best for you.
In-Person Second Opinions
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Virtual Second Opinions
If your child is too ill to travel or you want to confirm that a visit to our hospital would be valuable before making the trip, a virtual second opinion might be worth considering. A Johns Hopkins All Children’s specialist will receive a full set of medical records and review your child’s case. You will get an in-depth report back that includes a review of the current treatment plans and suggestions for more appropriate treatment options, if applicable.
How it Works
Johns Hopkins All Children's has partnered with PinnacleCare, a national personal health advisory company, to offer virtual consultation services. Together, they will select the best specialist for your child’s condition.
A virtual second opinion can have the biggest impact on treatment when:
- Your child has been given a new diagnosis and/or treatment plan
- A change in treatment plan has been recommended
- Surgery or an invasive procedure has been recommended
- You question the expertise of your local team and want reassurances that your child is getting the best care
The service is convenient, completely confidential and easy to use.
Step 1: PinnacleCare will consult with you, the parents, to understand the situation and what questions you are hoping to have answered by a top specialist.
Step 2: PinnacleCare will collect all of the records and medical information about your child’s diagnosis, including images and pathology slides, when appropriate.
Step 3: A PinnacleCare medical director will create a list of questions specific to the diagnosis and send the case to a Johns Hopkins All Children’s specialist.
Step 4: The specialist will review your child's case and answer the questions in detail, citing research and publications, if available.
Step 5: You will receive a report with the specialists’ findings and recommendations. A call is scheduled with the PinnacleCare medical director to review the specialist’s opinion and to determine next steps in care.
Note: This program should not be accessed for urgent or emergency situations that require immediate medical assistance. For immediate medical assistance, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department.
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