UC Davis Health introduced webcams for every NICU crib – allowing parents to stay connected wherever they are
My name is Kristen Hoffman. I'm a neonatologist at U. C. Davis Children's Hospital. It's basically never a parent's plan toe have their baby in the Nick U. S. So it's, ah, lot of adjustment on bond changes in expectations their babies are sick and in the nick you for weeks, months, sometimes even almost a year. There's commercially available options for what we've done here, but it's a lot more cost prohibitive, so I have 49 beds in my neck. You and many of the cameras cost at least $1000 each more as we even being able to do it for about $100 each. So we were able to use these off the shelf options and then integrated with the software that we were already using for a variety of telehealth applications. There's a log in through the family link Web page. The nurse will turn on her end of the camera, and the family will click on their link, enter their secure information and boom, they're connected. I started this project with just six cameras in a small portion of our Nick you and now all families have access to it, but I think the thing that makes it all worthwhile is that the families are so appreciative and I was on service recently and it was so amazing to me that I could walk through the neck. You and many of the families who I had not been able to even meet were viewing their baby from all over the state. It's amazing that this has happened over the last few years. Hey!