Telehealth has proven to be crucial during the Covid-19 pandemic – allowing social distancing to take place while patients are cared for.
Now, Google is providing Nest cameras to hospitals such as Mount Sinai to allow for patient care without both healthcare workers and patients required to be in close proximity.
With the Nest consoles created for this purpose, Mount Sinai System healthcare workers can watch live footage streamed from inpatient units and communicate with patients without repeatedly exposing themselves to the virus.
“This technology improves our efficiency by cutting down the number of times our medical team has to enter patient rooms, allowing us to preserve protective personal equipment,” said Robbie Freeman, vice president of clinical innovations at The Mount Sinai Hospital, in a statement.
“We are grateful to partner with Google in curating a console that responds to the needs of so many hospitals right now,” said Mount Sinai senior director of digital health Sudipto Srivastava in a statement. “The Nest team worked with us over nights and weekends to develop a much-needed solution that addressed real challenges.”
“This assists us with providing the highest level of care, while serving our patients and protecting our staff,” Srivastava said.