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Mount Sinai Works With Google Nest to Help Patients With COVID-19

A New Nest Camera Console Enhances Safety of Patients and Staff; Reduces PPE Demands

  • New York, NY
  • (May 11, 2020)

The Mount Sinai Health System has teamed up with Google Nest to use the latest in video and audio technologies to monitor some of the most critically ill patients with COVID-19. Nurses on the front line are using more than a hundred Nest Cameras installed at hospitals across the system to closely monitor and communicate with patients. 

“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. Twofold, it enhances safety for patients because we can keep an eye on everyone from the nursing station, and for our staff, it minimizes the frequency of time spent in-room with COVID-19 patients,” said Robbie Freeman, MSN, RN, Vice President of Clinical Innovations at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

The purpose-built Nest Cameras console enables health care workers to livestream a feed from an inpatient unit and initiate communication with patients. Google Nest joined efforts with Mount Sinai in April to pilot the console in a hospital setting as the virus reached peak levels in New York City and continued to spread across the nation, causing an influx of patients and straining resources for all hospitals. 

“The Mount Sinai Health System remains committed to providing thoughtful, personalized care to patients while using the latest in cutting-edge technologies and digital health solutions,” said Sudipto Srivastava, MBA, Senior Director of Digital Health, Mount Sinai Health System. “We are grateful to partner with Google in curating a console that responds to the needs of so many hospitals right now. 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.”

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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