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New technology keeps parents connected with their newborn's neonatal care

The Honourable Scott Brison (left) and Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo at Wednesday's announcement event. Credit: Photo via Twitter @scottbrison Over the past 30 years, Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo has seen incredible advancements in neonatal care—developments in technology and practice that have improved outcomes for vulnerable newborns across North America and around the world.

"However, the focus of these innovations and transformations in care has been almost exclusively directed toward health care providers and technological advancements," said Dr. Campbell Yeo, associate professor in the School of Nursing at Dal and a clinician scientist at the IWK Health Centre. "Until recently, parents have not only been underutilized in the setting of neonatal intensive care, but often excluded all together."

Getting parents involved

Dr. Campbell-Yeo and her colleagues are looking to change that. She's the academic lead of the ChezNICU Home project—an interactive virtual platform in development that lets parents and their family become more active participants in the care of their baby within the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).

On Wednesday, the Government of Canada announced a $3 million investment in the ChezNICU technology through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's (ACOA) Atlantic Innovation Fund. The support will help the IWK/Dal team further develop and commercialize the system.

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