YUMA, Ariz. (November 9, 2023) –Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) will soon launch the AngelEye camera system, offering secure and reliable 24/7 live-stream video access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), allowing parents and loved ones to closely monitor the progress of their infants. The service reflects YRMC’s commitment to progress while giving parents a unique opportunity to stay closely connected with their newborns in the NICU, even when they cannot be physically present.
“In a world filled with technological advancements and medical breakthroughs, AngelEyes focuses on the opportunity to create meaningful human connections,” said Dorie Rush, Administrative Director of Women and Children’s Services. “We see firsthand the anxiety and stress parents feel when they have to leave their baby to return to work or care for their families at home. This innovative project highlights our continuous effort to advance healthcare, promote meaningful experiences and ultimately create stronger bonds for our tiniest patients and their families.”
The AngelEye system uses advanced camera technology that streams live video feeds directly from the NICU cribs. This video can be seen using a special app called PatientConnect that enables doctors and nurses to keep parents informed about their baby’s progress by sending them text messages, photos and videos. The system also includes an online portal that provides tips and information to parents, helping them prepare for when it’s time to take their newborn home.
The idea behind the live stream cameras was proposed by YRMC’s dedicated NICU nurses. During Innovation Week in 2021, these healthcare professionals took their vision to YRMC’s annual Shark Tank event, advocating for a solution that would strengthen the bond between newborns and their families. Their pitch resonated with the judges, and this project became a reality through the funding efforts of the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center.
“With consecutive annual support from McCarthy Construction and many other community donors, the Foundation of YRMC is proud to help advance healthcare for families in our NICU,” said Mia Sanchez, Interim Director of the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center. “It is through these generous gifts that we can fulfill our purpose of building a healthier tomorrow and make a difference for our community.”
AngelEyes is scheduled to go live in the NICU on November 20, 2023.