April 12, 2016
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital welcomes NICVIEW, an innovative video streaming technology designed for parents and families to enjoy virtual visits with their babies receiving care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) when they can’t be there. NICVIEW enables parents to view their baby from their cell phones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers, and allows them to share their baby’s progress with family members near and far.
NICVIEW uses a webcam placed discreetly on the bassinet and allows parents, family and friends to view their baby in real-time. The camera transmits live video images of the baby through a secure and private portal that families can access using a unique code and view from any internet-accessible devices. The service helps families develop a stronger bond with their baby, and adds comfort and reassurance when parents can’t be at the bedside.
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital recently added 13 new private bassinet rooms in the NICU to provide optimal care for the most vulnerable babies born in our community. The recent renovation also includes a dedicated space for families to relax in a calm and peaceful setting. With an emphasis on combining a family-centered approach towards care and the latest technologies, the expert NICU team provides the best, most comprehensive services for fragile newborns.
“Many parents have outside obligations, such as work, or caring for other small children at home, that pull them away from the NICU,” says Michael A. Graff, M.D., Neonatology Medicine at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. “While NICVIEW technology does not replace personal visits, it’s an additional tool that allows parents to bond with their newborn and monitor their progress.”
NICVIEW cameras are individually mounted above each baby’s incubator, and are positioned out of the way so that care is not impacted. K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital’s NICU caregivers have been trained to use the system, and have the option of turning off the camera, when needed. For security and safety, none of the images are recorded or stored, and only the infant’s parents are given the unique usernames and passwords to access the live video stream of their babies.
“It can be a very stressful experience for a family to have their newborn baby in critical care,” says Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “The addition of NICVIEW is an example of how we use the latest advances to help relieve some of the stress. NICVIEW also emphasizes our commitment to providing the highest level of patient and family-centered care for families with infants in our NICU.”