New Technology Enhances Family Bonding with Babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
A new real-time, live-streaming video system called NICVIEW is up and running in Claire’s Place, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rapid City Regional Hospital. NICVIEW allows families to see their babies in the NICU anytime, anywhere on any device with Internet access.
When newborn babies need specialized, critical care at Rapid City Regional Hospital, they can spend anywhere from days to months in the NICU. This can be a difficult time for families who want to see their child, but cannot spend 24 hours a day in the NICU. NICVIEW is the next best thing to being there, because it can reduce the unease of separation from the baby, supplement actual visits, and enhance family bonding.
The NICVIEW system consists of a simple unobtrusive camera mounted close to a baby’s bed that delivers streamed video images around the clock, so families can watch their newborn anytime. Live streaming is only accessible to specified users, using passwords issued by the NICU staff.
The NICVIEW system, which cost just under $50,000, includes cameras, software and mounting hardware. This technology, enhancing family-centered care for patients, was paid for by funds from both Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® at Regional Health and the Rapid City Regional Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
“We are happy to provide this new technology, in partnership with the Auxiliary, which will benefit the hospital’s smallest patients and their families throughout the region. This is a great example of Regional Health’s efforts to fulfill its purpose of helping patients and communities live well,” said Angie Kliewer, Regional Health Foundation Director.