Newswise — LITTLE ROCK – Angel Eye Camera Systems, a company established in 2013 with support from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) BioVentures, recently completed the installation of 79 camera systems in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Complete with audio, parents can see and talk to their baby anytime, day or night from their mobile phone or computer.
Angel Eye represents not only the latest technology but a total rethinking of how to provide patient- and family-centered care for parents and family members who are away from their babies in the NICU. After installing 60 camera systems at the Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth hospitals, they requested an additional 19 camera systems for their Dallas and Plano hospitals. Texas Health Resources, a faith-based, non-profit health care system, operates the three hospitals as well as another 23 hospitals in the north Texas region.Angel Eye’s technology is an example of the nationally leading role played by UAMS ANGELS (Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System), a program that uses the latest communications technology to provide long-distance care to rural Arkansas parents and their newborns. As long as the parents have provided them with the proper ID and password, other people can see the baby on their computers or cellphones anytime they would like as long as the infant is in the NICU. An unlimited number of viewers simultaneously can access a camera.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,865 students and 785 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.