Remotely checking newborns in intensive care: expensive but worth it

Todd Vandenbark

logo for Nicview serviceAs reported in iMedicalApps, a number of neonatal intensive care units (NICU for short) in hospitals around the country have implemented Nicview, a system that allows parents to check-in on their child from anywhere via live web feed that is accessible from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The system is expensive, though: $30,000 to set up plus $1,000 per camera installed. But for families whose child may be in the NICU for weeks or months, it can help them to feel more connected to their infant. And one family whose child passed away while in the NICU is trying to raise money to have Nicview installed in their local Texas hospital. Many hospitals have donors who give regularly to help, and providing funding for a service like this would clearly benefit multiple families.