Primary Children’s expands NICU care using telehealth, keeps infants closer to home


Until about nine months ago, Utah infants in the neonatal intensive care unit who needed neurological care were typically transported to Primary Children’s Hospital.

Now, remote technology has allowed this neurological care to happen remotely so babies can stay at NICUs close to their parents while getting care from Primary Children’s in a first-of-its-kind program in the state.

Dr. Betsy Ostrander, a pediatric neurologist with University of Utah Health and Primary Children’s Hospital, said this service is currently only available at six Utah NICUs and one in Montana — with which Primary Children’s has a standing relationship. She said hospital officials hope to expand it so every infant in Utah who needs the expertise of a neurologist has access to the program, as well as infants in neighboring states, eventually.



猶他大學健康和初級兒童醫院的兒科神經學家 Betsy Ostrander 博士說,目前只有猶他州的六個新生兒重症監護病房和蒙大拿州的一個新生兒重症監護病房提供這項服務——初級兒童醫院與這兩家醫院有長期合作關係。她說,醫院官員希望擴大它,以便猶他州每個需要神經科醫生專業知識的嬰兒都能參與該項目,最終鄰國的嬰兒也能參與。