LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) - Angel Eye Camera Systems, a company established in 2013 with support from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) BioVentures, recently completed the installation of 10 camera systems in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and plans to install another 10 cameras in the Connecticut Children’s NICU at University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
Using the Angel Eye camera system, parents can see and talk to 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.
At 22 weeks and two pounds, Daniella Negron was born June 9 to Angela and Ernesto Negron of Columbia, Connecticut. Her parents immediately saw the benefit of Angel Eye while Daniella was in the NICU at Connecticut Children’s.
“It’s like peace of mind, especially for us because we live almost 40 minutes away,” said Ernesto Negron.
As long as the parents have provided them with the proper security credentials, other people can see the baby on their computers or cellphones anytime while the infant is in the NICU. An unlimited number of viewers can simultaneously access one camera.
“I think it’s going to be a great help for the family as a unit to stay involved with the baby and stay involved with each other during this time,” said Jim Moore, M.D., the Medical Center’s NICU medical director.
Moore said plans call to outfit all NICU beds with a camera, both in Hartford and at the Connecticut Children’s unit in Farmington.
In Massachusetts earlier this year, Angel Eye installed a total of 52 cameras in two hospitals, and will have a total of 88 cameras in hospitals throughout the state by this fall. Since its founding, the company’s systems have been introduced into neonatal intensive care units in Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas and Arkansas, including 26 at UAMS. Installations are also pending at NICUs in Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Angel Eye’s technology is an example of the nationally leading role played by UAMS ANGELS (Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System), a program that uses the latest communications technology to provide long-distance care to rural Arkansas parents and their newborns.
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