Telemedicine as a way to save critically ill newborns

The guidance provided by Mayo neonatologists to the neonatal teams at six participating hospitals prevented having to transfer some infants for critical care and helped stabilize others before transfer. Every transfer avoided saved the system $35,000, for a total of more than $1 million over the course of the three-year study, according to lead author Dr. Jennifer Fang, a fellow in neonatal and perinatal medicine at Mayo in Rochester, Minn.