HumanInsight Using Telemedicine to Overcome Barriers to Neurodevelopmental Care from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to School Entry
Clin Perinatol. 2023 Mar;50(1):253-268. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2022.10.006.
Dedicated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) follow-up programs are recommended for ongoing surveillance for infants at high-risk for future neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI). Systemic, socioeconomic, and psychosocial barriers remain for referrals and the continued neurodevelopmental follow-up of high-risk infants. Telemedicine can help overcome these barriers. Telemedicine allows standardization of evaluations, increased referral rates, and reduced time to follow-up as well as increased therapy engagement. Telemedicine can expand neurodevelopmental surveillance and support all NICU graduates, facilitating the early identification of NDI. However, with the recent expansion of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, new barriers related to access and technological support have arisen.
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