The Mother Infant Center in WellSpan York Hospital houses the NICU, which just went live with new Angel Eye cameras on September 11, 2018. They allow parents to view their babies 24/7 through a constant live-stream. A little monitor next to the baby shows when the Angel Eye camera is live-streaming.
Cameras in neonatal intensive care units are helping some families check on their babies progress from afar.
The technology has been around for a while and is becoming increasingly popular. This week, York Hospital got added to the list of Midstate medical centers that offer the service.
It hasn't been an easy road for Felicity Gettys and her newborn
"I see my daughter's head just shaking back and forth," said Gettys, who is from York.
Two-day-old Kaleyanie Gettys went straight to the NICU, where she has been for over a week. First-time-mom Felicity was discharged, but Kaleyanie has to be watched.
The IA relationship with Angel Eye began with a cold call and initial meetings with its founder Dr. Curtis Lowery, in 2010 before the company was even licensed out of the UAMS system. Dr. Lowery is the top neo-natal doctor in Arkansas.
Due to his familiarity with the problem, Dr. Lowery and Angle Eye placed themselves at the cutting edge of telemedicine innovation and saw the benefits of his remote NICU telemonitoring system for UAMS patients and families.
With his bachelor's degree fresh in hand from Spring Commencement, Kyle Fouts starts work today as recipient of an Arkansas Fellowship.
His fellowship is with a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences tech transfer start-up company, Angel Eye Cameras. This is a two-year fellowship, with an annual salary of $40,000 and assurance of employment after he completes the experience.
Driscoll Children's Hospital cares for hundreds of babies in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit every year.
Those babies are among the tiniest and sickest in the Coastal Bend. Often, the babies are transported from surrounding communities to receive NICU treatment at Driscoll.
Some babies will spend weeks in the NICU, some will be there for months. Unfortunately, parents cannot always be there. But a special camera system in the NICU is allowing parents the ability to always see their babies.
The UAMS Medical Center and Angel Eye Camera Systems, a company established in 2013 with support from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently installed 40 new camera systems in the medical center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), making it the first in the state with a camera on every preemie bed.
Using the Angel Eye camera system, parents can see their baby anytime, day or night, from their mobile phone or computer. Angel Eye represents not only the latest technology, but a total rethinking of how to provide patient- and family-centered care for parents and family members who are away from their babies in the NICU.
UNC Children's Hospital just launched a new program called "Family Time" and it allows parents to see their baby on a live video feed around the clock.
Gina Turner couldn't bring her baby boy home this Christmas.
"He was born at 26 weeks gestation, so it was a pretty scary time for us," Turner said.
Turner also has a toddler son, so she can't be with her baby boy Nico all the time.
"I have a 3-year-old son is not able to come to the NICU because of flu season, so they limit the age of children, so he's not even seen his baby brother yet so we can log on at night, read him stories," Turner said.
A small camera is making a big difference to parents of preemies.
One of the hardest parts of having a child in the NICU is trying to balance being with your child with everything else.
NICU parents frequently have to return to work or risk losing their jobs, or they have another child at home. So doctors at UAMS created a way for families to keep their babies with them.
To better accommodate parents with babies in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN), Doylestown Health's VIA Maternity Center now offers the Angel Eye Camera system, a secure, Internet-based video solution where cameras are placed at the baby's bedside in the ICN, and then a live feed is made available to family and loved ones.
Parents with babies in the ICN will receive their child's camera login information from their care team that can be shared with family and friends. The parents will serve as the central account manager, and can manage their family members' and friends' accounts.
Parents of premature newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are often forced to spend time away from their child within their first weeks of life. To ease the anxiety of this separation, particularly around the holidays, the Greenville Health System (GHS) Bryan NICU combines technology and holiday traditions to keep parents engaged with their newborns virtually, using the Angel Eye camera system to provide comfort and security remotely.
During the week of Halloween, NICU staff dress the newborns in costumes to celebrate the holiday. These and other moments can then be viewed by family and friends via the newly available Angel Eye camera system, which is placed at a baby’s bedside and allows parents and family members to see and interact with the baby through live video streaming and direct one-way audio. Parents receive a unique code that can be used to set up a password to their baby’s individual camera, which they can then share with family and friends. The cameras are turned on for families to view the babies except during nursing time and during medical procedures.