Baby video stream
Kapsch BusinessCom provides for closer contact with premature babies
For most people, the birth of a child gives rise to the most intense emotions they will experience in their lives. If the baby is premature, however, the emotion of worry also enters into the mix. The Donauspital (Danube Hospital) of the Vienna Hospital Association has recently begun providing parents of babies confined to an incubator with a video feed that allows them to watch their newborn child from home. This solution helps to promote emotional connection from the very first day through visual contact. Kapsch BusinessCom implemented the technology that makes this possible.
Thomas Brezina, CMC Sales Director for Health & Social Care at Kapsch BusinessCom, describes the idea as follows: “Together with the Vienna Danube Hospital, we’ve developed a solution that offers parents a better option for observing their babies while at the same time addressing the issue of security in this sensitive area. The live baby feed represents a major step in caring for premature babies. Of course, we cannot provide a substitute for the feeling of holding your newborn baby in your arms. But we have found a way to enhance closeness between parents and their baby,” explains Ulrike Korosec, nurse in charge of the neonatal ward of the Vienna Danube Hospital, in a description of the advantages of the live feed.
Virtual visits around the clock
An online connection is activated for parents to enable the virtual visits with their baby. They are able to access the live stream provided by the video camera placed over the baby’s incubator at any time. The medical personnel in charge provides parents with the access data, i.e. the user name and password, plus the link to the SSL-encrypted video feed. As an additional security measure, the users must enter a one-time TAN by text message from their cell phone for every visit. The live feed is not activated until the TAN has been entered.
The complete solution developed by Kapsch for these types of application cases consists of several components. Fifteen cameras are installed over the incubator by means of a special construction and are placed such that the viewers cannot see what the personnel in the room is working on. The nurses can switch the cameras on and off manually, either individually or as a unit. During inactive periods, the cameras automatically turn towards the ceiling. The images are additionally conveyed to a central monitor in the nurses’ station for the purpose of ongoing supervision of the premature babies. The Danube Hospital personnel uses the station computer for administrative tasks such as managing access, setting up accounts, and deleting the data after the babies have been removed from the incubator. In the case of the Danube Hospital, the existing infrastructure can be utilized for the video footage.
Additional use cases
Although the video system with its strictly controlled access was conceived for providing a video feed of babies, it can also be used for similar applications. “The Danube Hospital utilizes technology in support of bringing people closer together. The baby video feed is a particularly impressive example of this,” states Thomas Brezina in conclusion.
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