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Kim EW, Teague-Ross TJ, Greenfield WW, Keith Williams D, Kuo D, Hall RW. Telemedicine collaboration improves perinatal regionalization and lowers statewide infant mortality. J Perinatol. 2013;33(9):725-730.

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23579490

NPM: 3: Perinatal Regionalization
Intervention Components (click on component to see a list of all articles that use that intervention): Transition Assistance, PATIENT/CONSUMER, HOSPITAL, Continuing Education of Hospital Providers, POPULATION-BASED SYSTEMS, INTER-HOSPITAL SYSTEMS, Neonatal Back-Transport Systems, Consultation Systems, Telemedicine Systems

Intervention Results:

  • Among all VLBW births, there was a change in the birth location distribution. Of these infants, the percentage born in non-NICU hospitals with telemedicine intervention (targeted hospitals) statistically significantly decreased from 13.05% to 7.03% (p=0.0099).
  • Changes in other hospital levels (including UAMS tertiary center) were not statistically significant.
   

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.