HumanInsight Telemedical Support of Feto-Neonatal Care in One Region - Part I: Demand Analysis Using the Example of East Saxony
Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol. 2023 Jan 26. doi: 10.1055/a-1977-9030. Online ahead of print.
Excellence in feto-neonatal care forms the basis for health in adulthood and requires a collaboration of stakeholders in the health care system. As in other regions, demographic changes such as rural depopulation pose a risk to feto-neonatal care in Eastern Saxony. Areas in need of regional, perinatal collaboration have been identified: (I) multi-professional counselling of families with a suspected fetal disease, (II) immediately available expertise of a neonatologist during neonatal resuscitation, (III) evidence-based neonatal antibiotic therapy, (IV) backtransfer of extremely preterm infants or sick neonates, and (V) adequate psychosocial support of families with extremely preterm infants or sick neonates. Telemedicine enables regional partners to communicate efficiently and gives an audiovisual impression of the patient. The Saxony Center for feto/neonatal Health (SCFNH) collaborates with regional partners to establish a feto-neonatal telemedicine network "Sichere Geburt". The network will be scientifically evaluated and might be of help as a model for other regions with structural challenges.
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