ROWLETT – In the past, sick children and their families often experienced great hardships and increased stress when they were transferred to other hospitals which were better equipped to treat their critical needs.
Now, using advanced teleconferencing technology, doctors at different hospitals can diagnose and treat sick children without having to move them.
Lake Pointe Medical Center, based in Rowlett, recently linked its neonatal intensive care unit with Children’s Health System of Texas, using the pediatric hospital system’s TeleNICU teleconferencing program. TeleNICU will now permit neonatologists at Lake Pointe to collaborate on diagnosis and care with UT Southwestern Medical Center neonatologists on staff at Children’s Health.
“We are excited to partner with Children’s Health to bring the TeleNICU program to our patients at Lake Pointe,” said Chief Executive Officer Brett Lee. “Having a child in the NICU is a stressful time for any new parent and being able to keep infants and their families close to their community, when possible, removes an added stress from the both the patient and parents.”
Neonatologists and specialized neonatal nurses staffing the 17-bed Level-II and Level-III NICU at Lake Pointe can now interpret medical data and images, confirm diagnoses and confer on treatment plans via Children’s Health using a mobile equipment cart that includes medical-quality videoconferencing, secure data transfer and a specialized stethoscope and camera for the physical examination.
In addition, UT Southwestern neonatologists at Children’s Health Level-IV NICU in Dallas are able to virtually examine newborns using specialized cameras and stethoscopes, plus view and discuss medical tests with colleagues in real time.
“The incorporation of this state of the art technology has further solidified our excellent partnership with the Children’s Health NICU team and allows for consultation with sub-specialists remotely,” said Dr. Gregory Welch, Medical Director of the Lake Pointe NICU. “Parents can participate in the consultations and ultimately in the care of their infant which improves outcomes and parent satisfaction.”
“We are delighted that Lake Pointe Medical Center, a respected leader in adult and pediatric care statewide and in the fast-growing Rowlett/Rockwall area, is now a TeleNICU affiliate,” said Doug Hock, Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Executive Vice President of Children’s Health. “Both Lake Pointe Medical Center and Children’s Heath share the goal of continuously improving the quality of care to pediatric patients and the TeleNICU program allows both institutions to accomplish that goal.”
By J.J. Smith