Grant helps UC Davis expand telemedicine newborn care (FireceHealthIT)

The University of California Davis Children’s Hospital of Sacramento has been awarded a grant of approximately $750,000 over three years to expand telehealth services for newborns in rural areas and to study the impact of the program.

The new Pediatric Emergency Assistance to Newborns Using Telehealth (PEANUT) program will provide clinicians at rural hospitals round-the-clock access to neonatologists and other subspecialists through the use of UC Davis’ secure videoconferencing capabilities, according to an announcement.

Four hospitals in rural counties with a shortage of medical professionals have been selected to launch the program. In addition to offering access to subspecialists, the program will train rural doctors in newborn emergency care, including screening for congenital heart defects.

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