How Intermountain is bringing telehealth to the NICU

Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital is launching a new telehealth program that will allow Intermountain clinicians to remotely advise clinicians in neonatal intensive care units at four hospitals in Utah and one in Montana, local news outlet ABC4 reported March 28.

The program is focused on neurological health and allows clinicians to monitor infants for seizures remotely. 

"All the babies in the NICU at Primary Children's come from other hospitals," Betsy Ostrander, MD, a pediatric neurologist with University of Utah Health and Primary Children's Hospital, told ABC4. "The Neuro NICU telehealth service allows caregivers at other hospitals to quickly contact neurologists at Primary Children's when they have questions about the infant's well-being. … It helps us quickly assess the patient's needs, support the clinical team and patient family, and make a smoother transition if the patient needs to be transferred to Primary Children's for additional care."

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