WellStar Kennestone Hospital is the first hospital in Georgia to offer parents a private livestream of their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, allowing family members to see the baby from anywhere in the world.
When babies are born prematurely or with a health condition, they may have to spend time in the NICU. Not being able to take a new baby home can create stress for a family, but creating a way to connect with the baby can give parents peace of mind for the moments when they cannot be with the baby.
“We are always looking for new ways to enhance the care experience and find ways to improve the lives of our patients and families,” said Dan Woods, president of WellStar Kennestone Hospital. “Our skilled caregivers are now able to utilize the most innovative technology to complement the caring compassion we have for our patients. This will have an immediate impact on many families.”
The cameras are individually mounted at each baby’s bed space, transmitting secure and private images through a service called NICVIEW. The video can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, computers or any internet-accessible device and are not recorded or stored for security and safety.
“Although there is nothing that can replace personal contact with a newborn infant, it is not always possible to be present,” said Carole Harman, executive director of nursing for Women’s and Children’s Services at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. “With NICVIEW, we are able to unite parents, siblings and grandparents to the baby through a live feed camera system; it’s technology that connects families’ hearts.”
The program was funded by donations to the WellStar Foundation by WellStar Kennestone Hospital Volunteers.
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