Parents of babies admitted to the neonatal care unit often experience feelings of stress and anxiety when family and work commitments require that they are separated from their baby.

Nicucam provides remote viewing of individual babies via a secure website, so that parents who are unable to be by the bedside can view live video images of their baby from 6am – 10pm.

Hospital & Health Services IP ACT has helped the inventor, Assoc Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes to develop and commercialise Nicucam and make it a reality by advising on a development and commercialization plan and implementing it. They began working together in 2013 and ADTEC Technologies are now modernizing the system and preparing it for commercial sales.

The Canberra Hospital is currently the only user of the system but it is anticipated that there will be other users before the end of 2014. The video stream will only be available to parents who have signed an Image Transfer Consent form and have been allocated a unique username and password. Once logged in, parents will be able to view images of their own baby streaming live from the nursery.

Webcam technology has been successfully implemented in NICU’s overseas, however, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children will be the first neonatal intensive care unit in Australia to introduce this type of service for parents.