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Cleveland Clinic Children's NICUs becomes first in region to give families live webcam access

Posted: 12:32 PM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-10 16:32:14Z

A new addition to Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital aims to give parents who have babies born prematurely greater peace of mind.

The Clinic's Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) will get a new web camera system, becoming the first NICUs in the region to get the system. The Clinic will launch the 86  NicView¬†cameras at Hillcrest Hospital and other main campus locations.

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How does it work?

A bedside camera transmits live video of the baby through a secure and private system that families can access with their unique code and display on any internet-accessible smartphone, laptop, tablet or computer. 

A Strongsville couple who spent time at one of the NICU units when their child was born made a generous donation to purchase the camera system.

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For the security and safety of the family, the images transmitted to the NicView camera are not recorded. The passwords and usernames allow families to share the live stream with family and friends, near or far.

A future installation is planned for Fairview Hospital.