Younger patients can present unique post-discharge challenges to hospitals or medical facilities in providing ongoing clinical oversight and care, while the patient continues treatment and recovery at home. For example, post-acute-care infant patients, often at risk for prolonged hospitalizations and repeated readmissions, need resource-intensive care that continues upon discharge. The newest telehealth technologies are making a difference in meeting these challenges.
UC Davis Medical Center (UCD) in Sacramento, CA initiated a telehealth study for neonate cardiology using Dictum Health's telehealth system. The goal of the study was to improve clinical outcomes of children who have undergone surgery for single ventricle hypoplastic left heart syndrome, as well as children with shunt-dependent physiology. Preliminary metrics were positive for reducing hospital readmissions, improving patient outcomes, reducing risk of hospital-acquired infections and reducing the cost of care.