EurekAlert: Telehealth enables eight Texas nurseries to reduce antibiotic use in newborns by 32 percent

Researchers found that using telehealth to consult with pediatric infectious disease specialists can lead to a 32 percent decrease in antibiotic use in nurseries. Researchers began the study in 2018, prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the nurseries cared for 9,277 babies over three years. They found that following the implementation of telehealth, the number of newborns receiving antibiotics dropped by 32 percent. This led researchers to believe telehealth can help lower antibiotic use among infants. For additional coverage, see mHealth Intelligence.