Infants born extremely premature and those who develop neurologic complications and physiologic derangement have a higher risk of major neurodevelopmental impairments.1,2  The long-term outcomes of infants in this population are influenced not only by their NICU course, but also their post-NICU care. NICU follow up (NFU) clinics provide comprehensive care designed to detect early deviations from neurodevelopmental milestones, intervene with appropriate referrals and services, and monitor progress, all with the goal of minimizing future functional impairment while helping infants and families cope with existing ones. Unfortunately, attendance in neonatal follow-up appointments has been reported to be as low as 21% to 60%.

In this month’s Hospital Pediatrics, Watson and colleagues implemented an innovative model combining predischarge telemedicine consults with a developmental/behavioral pediatrician and postdischarge electronic reminders that improved their NFU clinic attendance rates from 26% to 62%. It is noteworthy that coronavirus...

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