High-Tech Link Between Parents, Premature Babies
Little Rock, AR — Families of the tiniest babies at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania now will be able to view them in real time on their computer or smart phone through a webcam system developed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
The Lehigh Valley Health Network demonstrated its new BabyCam at an event today in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at LVH-Cedar Crest. The technology uses UAMS Angel Eye™ software and equipment, and is being marketed by the Little Rock-based university’s business incubator, UAMS BioVentures.
The BabyCam/Angel Eye™ system uses a camera placed at the baby’s bedside while hospitalized so that parents and other family members who can’t be at the hospital can view the baby 24 hours a day. This system helps promote bonding between parents and their premature babies, who sometimes have to stay in the hospital for weeks or months.
“UAMS is pleased to have Lehigh Valley Health Network as its first partner in working to extend this technology into communities outside Arkansas to better serve the families that need it,” said Curtis Lowery, M.D., chairman of the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, director of the UAMS Center for Distance Health. “That’s why we developed this technology — to help families, whether they have babies in our NICU, Lehigh’s or another hospital’s unit.”
In 2002, UAMS established BioVentures and its Technology Licensing Office to facilitate the startup of new business enterprises, based on UAMS technology. The university is interested in translating its research endeavors such as Angel Eye™ technology into products that benefit human health. Continue>
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