DULLES, VA – An innovative telemedicine program connecting neonatal specialists from Reston Hospital Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to StoneSprings Hospital Center will allow experts to collaborate, diagnose and treat babies in distress.
“We are pleased to implement this new program which allows the NICU team at Reston Hospital to provide that additional support for a higher level of care via the latest technology to the families at StoneSprings Hospital Center,” said John Deardorff, President and CEO of Reston Hospital Center and the Northern Virginia Market.
“The TeleNICU program exemplifies our deep commitment to innovation and the use of proven technology to extend the reach of our expertise beyond the walls of our hospital,” said Lance Jones, CEO, StoneSprings Hospital Center.
Pediatricians at StoneSprings Hospital Center can now connect in real-time to neonatologists at Reston Hospital Center using specialized equipment that includes medical-quality videoconferencing, secure data transfer and a specialized stethoscope and camera for the physical examination.
The TeleNICU program can be used for a wide range of consults, including interpreting medical data and images, confirming diagnoses, and conferring on treatment plans. If further care is needed, this program allows for coordinated care and transport to the Level III NICU at Reston Hospital Center.
“This program allows physicians, nursing staff and other health care professionals to collaboratively participate in cutting edge care of these patients and families,” said Dr. Timothy Shaver, Medical Staff President, StoneSprings Hospital Center.
“With families growing at exponential rates, it makes complete sense for our NICU team based at Reston Hospital to extend our services to the communities being served by StoneSprings Hospital.” said Dr. Kenneth Harkavy, head of Neonatal Medicine at Reston Hospital Center. “The collaboration between our clinical teams will help to decrease delays in critical care that babies in distress may need.”