Webcams in newborn ICUs a growing business

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Posted: Aug 23, 2012 4:48 PM
Webcams in newborn ICUs a growing business

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hospitals across the U.S. are setting up so-called babycams so that parents and other loved ones can see newborn babies from afar.

At least eight domestic hospitals have installed such systems, and several dozen others are testing trial setups.

The importance of feeling close to babies — for the babies as well as their parents — has transformed newborn intensive care units around the country. Instead of brief visiting hours, for instance, many allow parents 24-hour access.

Blake Rutherford owns Healthcare Observation Systems LLC of Louisville, Ky. He says the camera systems don't store video, but people watching a baby can take screenshot "photographs."

Rutherford says his company has installed six systems and has trial setups at about 40 other hospitals.