iPads and Infants at St. Luke's
Posted at: 04/08/2013 2:20 PM
| Updated at: 04/08/2013 10:53 PM
iPads and tablets are all the rage now. And St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth is using that trend to keep their patients in the loop.
They've launched iPads in their birthing center. Now parents can use them to watch educational post-birth videos, and stay connected with friends and family with Facebook and Skype.
This project started about a year ago. St. Luke's IT department said it's about staying modern and ahead of the game.
Funding for the $100,000 project came from individuals, companies, and special events, like the 2012 House of Hearts charity bonspiel at the Duluth Curling Club.
The plan is to roll out iPads to the whole hospital. For now, they're just in the birthing center.
Parents we spoke to last week said it was nice to have that capability at their fingertips.
"We live in such a global world. Being able to show out-of-town family our baby Jade through Skype was great," said Jordan Kalm. Jade was born on Wednesday last week, and some of Jordan's family live outside of the region.
The nursing staff also appreciate the convenience of moving iPads around, versus a whole TV and VRC combo.
IT Director Clark Averill said it makes educational videos more personal as well, when you can hold the screen closer to you.
St. Luke's Foundation Executive Director Catherine Carter Huber said that education is a key part of their work, and that's part of the reason the iPads were chosen as a project to fund.