iPad Tablets Allow Parents to Monitor Their Infants 24/7 at Alta Bates Summit NICU

Posted on Mar 4, 2019 in Announcements | 0 comments

iPad Tablets Allow Parents to Monitor Their Infants 24/7 at Alta Bates Summit NICU

Doreen and Vikash Lal enjoy holding their daughter Savannah.

On any given day, the Alta Bates Summit neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) treats as many as 47 babies, all of whom were born preterm or have health issues. It can take weeks, or even months, for these babies to become strong enough to go home—which means parents often must return to work or go home to be with their other children, leaving their babies in the hospital.

Now, thanks to a new NICU pilot program, parents can stay connected with their babies by using iPads that allow them to view real-time health information, 24 hours a day.

MyChart Bedside is a tablet-based software that enables parents to see an up-to-the-minute dashboard of information, including recent vital signs, lab results, scheduled procedures, discharge planning and education materials—all in one easy-to-use application.

 

The pilot provides more than a dozen iPads to parents at any given time, or parents can download the MyChart Bedside software on their own iPad. Social workers in the NICU are providing tutorials to parents on how to use the tablets and software application.

Doreen and Vikash Lal are the proud parents of Savannah, their three-week-old baby girl who was born at Alta Bates nine weeks premature. The Pittsburg, CA family is using their tablet regularly and finds the iPad very helpful to check in on their baby.

“Knowing that we can log in anytime and get a live-time update on our baby’s condition definitely brings peace of mind during what can be a challenging time,” says first-time mom Doreen. “My husband and I can’t be at Savannah’s bedside all the time, so being able to check in remotely is very comforting.”

“Knowing that we can log in anytime and get a live-time update on our baby’s condition definitely brings peace of mind during what can be a challenging time,” says first-time mom Doreen.

Making Progress One Day at a Time
“We hope the iPads will help our NICU families feel more involved in their child’s care and get a better understanding of what’s happening with their baby at all times,” says Belinda Krstic, R.N., Alta Bates Summit NICU Manager. “The great benefit of MyChart Bedside is that it allows parents to gain more insight on their child’s progress and stay in-tune with their medical treatment 24 hours a day.”

Savannah weighed a little over two pounds when she was born and her mom and dad were quite excited when she recently weighed in at 3 pounds. The Lal family says being able to monitor Savannah’s progress via the iPad has allowed them to stay fully engaged with the nurses and care providers.

“The nurses have been great, and the iPad allows us to track who’s caring for Savannah and the medications she receives,” adds Doreen. “We’re learning something different every day, and we’re very happy with the care our little daughter is receiving.”

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