The NHS Scotland Event 2015, showcased and highlighted some of the most powerful examples of how quality is being taken forward in the newly emerging integration landscape. 

At the event which took place on the 23rd - 24th June 2015 mylittleone was awarded the People's Choice Award. The picture below is of Lynn Kuz, Charge Nurse NHS Fife, receiving the award from NHS CEO Paul Gray. 

MyLittleOne aims to bring mum closer to her baby by providing real-time viewing of the baby in the incubator on standard tablet devices. This project evaluates use of technology widely available 'off the shelf' and how it might be used to enhance the mother and father's early experiences of their baby.

In a collaboration between NHS Fife, the Digital Health &Care Institute and Integrated Care 24, mothers of newly-admitted babies in the neonatal unit in the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, are loaned secure tablets on which they can view their baby. NHS eHealth worked closely with Integrated Care 24 to ensure a patient-efficient, effective and timely solution was developed.

Once the baby has been stabilised a webcam is attached to the incubator and a real-time video is transmitted wirelessly to a coupled tablet device which can be used in any setting where the mother may be cared for after delivery, including adult intensive care areas and the postnatal ward.

The project went ‘live’ in November 2014 with eight cameras and eight linked tablets. Access to the real-time streamed images is limited to the hospital environment.

A formal evaluation exploring parents’ and professionals’ views and experience is being undertaken by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and the Edinburgh Health Services Research Unit, working in partnership with staff from NHS Fife.

Early feedback has largely been positive and parents who have previously experienced neonatal care report it is much better than still pictures or photographs, which were all they could see on previous occasions.  Mothers who are too ill to attend the neonatal unit themselves (for example, after caesarean section) can see real-time streamed images of their baby several hours earlier than they would otherwise and take reassurance from the moving images.