Digital technologies at the forefront as NYU Langone Health launches new children's hospital, inpatient pavilion

By Laura Lovett
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Scheduled to open later this month, New York’s newest children’s hospital and inpatient pavilion will have a focus on digital health and technologies. NYU Langone Health will launch the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, which will be part of the new inpatient Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, on June 24. 

“We’re extremely proud of technological systems we’ve built and deployed, which are truly first of their kind and represent a step forward for the medical field. Patients expect a digital experience in their daily lives, and now they expect it from their care teams and hospitals,” Nader Mherabi, senior vice president and vice dean and chief information officer at NYU Langone, said in a statement. “A suite of the most advanced technologies have been thoughtfully architected and implemented for staff efficiency, maximal patient safety, and a more personalized experience for patients and their families.”

Signs of digital technologies are expected to pop up all over the pavilion. Patients will be able to use the MyWall platform on their tablets, where they can learn about their care team and plan. It will also let patients take care of practical matters like ordering food and controlling the ambiance of their room. 

On the housekeeping side, the inpatient facility and children hospital will be suited up with a fleet of robots that will be tasked with transporting meals, linens, supplies, medications, and hazardous waste. 

In addition, every patient will have a set of Digital Medical Drawers in their room. It will be synched up with the patient's EHRs, with the goal of enhancing patient safety. 

Surgeons will also be working with new tech. A platform called Buzz OR/AV Management will provide a high-resolution display that integrates information systems so that surgeons can visualize a case in real-time and interact with pathologists in the lab. 

Communication is another digital focus. Care teams in the newest pavilion will be given mobile devices to communicate called Clinical Mobile Care Companions. Patients and nurses will also be communicating  through a new smart call system, which lets nurses communicate with both patients and other members of the care team. 

All of the technologies are designed to integrate into the patients' EHRs, according to a statement. 

This isn’t NYU Langone Health’s first brush with digital health. In fact, it is one of the healthcare systems that is working with Apple Health Records feature. 

“The Kimmel Pavilion and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital are linchpins of a broader transformation at NYU Langone Health,” Vicki Match Suna, AIA, senior vice president and vice dean for Real Estate Development and Facilities at NYU Langone, said in a statement. “Through the use of innovative technological advancements, a comprehensive sustainability and resiliency strategy, and an environment focused on the health and wellness of our patients, visitors, students and staff, we are dramatically reshaping our approach to the practice of medicine on our main campus and beyond, to provide the safest, most advanced, and most compassionate patient-centered care.”