Information and communication technologies in neonatal health

Duran et al.

Objectives.

To identify scientific evidence on the use and results of information and communication technologies for the improvement of neonatal health in general or specific health problems or interventions, and to describe the type of intervention and its results.

Methods.

A systematic review of the available evidence was performed. The search was carried out in peer-reviewed journals between January 1, 2008 and April 30, 2018, in English and Spanish. The searched key terms were (health informatics OR telemedicine OR mHealth) AND (newborn OR newborn care OR neonatal care).

Results.

From a total of 305 articles initially identified, 10 articles fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The main
domains of eHealth identified as applied to neonatal health were telemedicine (3 studies), eLearning (1 study) and mHealth (7 studies). Target population were health care providers or parents. The studies aimed at diagnosis, provision of health care and training, promoting adherence to interventions in parents or improving quality of care.

Conclusions.

The use of eHealth in general and specifically focused on neonatal health shows important possibilities
for development and expansion, given the advances and present needs, and should be considered
a key tool for the reduction of inequalities.

Idioma del artículo
English
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