NICU bedside cameras keep parents connected, improve communication

As part of a telehealth redesign to give parents constant access to their babies, the NICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah is being fitted with 195 video cameras.

By Healthcare Facilities Today
April 11, 2013

By this summer, parents of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, will be able to access live-stream video of their child 24 hours a day as well as have on-demand access to the physician's examination observations via video.

As part of a telehealth redesign, each of the 65 NICU beds will be fitted with two fixed cameras and one rotating camera, says a Healthcare IT News article. The video can be accessed by computer or mobile device.

Incorporating the video technology in the NICU helps parents retain a sense of connection with their baby and a sense of being involved in their care, as well as facilitate parent-physician communication, says the article.

NICUs nationwide are starting to install bedside cameras, with one of the earliest adopters of the technology being Bon Secours Richmond Health System in 2005, according to the article.

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