A new program at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center is making use of technology to improve the medical services provided to neonates and their mothers. The program, dubbed as Baby Time, is making use of Apple’s iPad and aims to bridge communications between the family and the baby’s medical team, and makes excellent use of technology to provide mothers and babies with the opportunity of bonding with each other even when they may be in different areas of the hospital.
According to Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics and Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology, the program is an excellent way for mothers to be with their babies even in circumstances when nurses and doctors may be treating their babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In such a case, mothers can ask question while babies undergo care or treatment, thereby being given accurate and timely updates even when they can’t be on the same floor with their babies. A nurse manager for the NICU, Selma Braziel, notes that the program reduces fear and stress in the new moms because they are enabled to see their babies and instantly communicate with doctors and nurses.
About 20 t0 30 percent of mothers who give birth thru c-sections do not feel well enough to go to the NICU from their Labor and Delivery bed to see their babies within the first 24 to 48 hours. With the iPad, however, catching a glimpse of their babies is possible and more importantly, it enables interaction between a baby and a mom over a secured internet connection.
In a separate report, The Point of Sale News have noted that hospitals have been able to streamline their operations by reducing labor costs and improving staff efficiency with the help of iPads. The report states that hospitals have begun to use specific apps on the device to allow convenient access to information when used as a kiosk, with the iPad held in place through a secure frame.
This is not the first time that the medical field have made use of mobile technology, however. It should be recalled that as early as 2008, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Apple’s iPad and iPhone for a radiology app to view images and make subsequent medical diagnosis, with the limitation, however, that such apps will be used only when access to a full workstation is not available.