From day one, the Newborn Foundation’s pilots and initiatives were built on a three-pronged model: clinical need, governmental/public health agenda and advocacy. With the collaboration of supporters and partners–including lawmakers, clinicians, researchers, health industry representatives, governmental agencies, non-profits, educators and patient advocates–the Newborn Foundation has delivered on a commitment to developing and implementing boots-on-the-ground programs along with digital, cloud-based initiatives that front-line newborn health impact by leveraging technologies.
Advancing hospital clinical decision support and critical access, rural and telehealth infrastructure to support timely access to care and cross-collaboration among neonatal specialists, the project provides newborn nursery and NICU assessments of IT capacity, based on state and federal eHealth standards and Joint Commission guidelines, hospitals receive a grade level for acuity and integration of standards and best practices for newborn care, including:
- the ability to connect electronically in realtime with Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and specialty care, or academic health centers to collaborate on cases.
- the ability to provide point of care diagnostic imaging: allowing birthing hospitals to conduct on-site tests and use telehealth to support diagnoses and inform the care path for newborns and infants requiring specialty care and intervention.