Pediatric Telemedicine – Neonatal Intensive Care
Pediatric subspecialists from the UC Davis Children’s Hospital are immediately available to remote clinicians working in other hospitals that deliver newborns with unanticipated problems.
Pediatric subspecialists, including neonatologists, cardiologists, neurologists and geneticists are available for consultation in cases where newborns are experiencing problems in hospitals that do not have these specialists.
Often, as a result of these telemedicine consultations, infants are able to remain in their local hospital, eliminating the need to transport the infant away from their mother, families and community.
Dr. Kristin Hoffman pioneered the UC Davis NICU webcam program, which provides families with a way to view their infants remotely when they are unable to be in the NICU.
In 2019, UC Davis neonatologist Dr.Kristin Hoffman received a national award for her development of a webcam program in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which enables parents to see their infants remotely when they are unable to be in the NICU.
The webcam program was made possible by a Children's Miracle Network grant in 2014, and Hoffman was able to increase the number of webcam units and their reach, as well as upgrade the software through another grant in 2018.