Connected Care and Innovation
The Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation at LVHN
Imagine, Inspire, Ideate and Innovate – Shaping the Future of Health Care One Innovation at a Time
The Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation (APCCCI) at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is focused on discovering and implementing innovative ways to improve health care.
Where are the innovations?
Innovations are all around us, due in great part to our digitally connected world. With a click or tap, ideas are shared, and research can be conducted with collaborators here in the Lehigh Valley and around the world.
Regardless of your location, the APCCCI will optimize connected devices and environments to make quality health care possible. LVHN already uses digital technology to:
- Conduct post-surgery checkout via secure video call between a patient and surgeon, a system called VICC: Virtual Inpatient Check-in and Check-out.
- Provide patients the ability to see a provider through an LVHN Video Visit. This visit type is only for people age 18 and older who have a minor illness or minor injury and is scheduled through MyLVHN, the patient portal. This ensures information is updated in the patient’s medical record.
- Assess burn images sent via secure devices to determine if a patient requires specialized burn care at LVHN.
- Provide secure video images from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) baby’s bassinet to approved family members and/or family friends using BabyCam technology.
Many hospitals have partnered with LVHN’s TeleMedicine programs. These include but are not limited to TeleBurn, TeleStroke, and TeleInfectious Disease. Healthcare professionals at these sites work closely together using TeleMedicine tools to provide consults or care for patients over great distances.
TeleMedicine services: now part of APCCCI
As technology has advanced, the ways health care can be provided have changed and advanced too. LVHN’s TeleMedicine program is now under the umbrella of the APCCCI. In 2002, LVHN established its first TeleMedicine service (LVHN TeleHomeCare). Since then, several programs have served thousands of patients near and far using secure technologies.
A closer look at LVHN’s Connected Care programs
LVHN’s APCCCI uses a broad range of off-the-shelf and custom-built technologies to provide connected care services to you and your loved ones, regardless of where you are located. These technologies include, but are not limited to:
- Digital cameras
- High-definition videoconferencing systems
- Imaging cloud
- Video-scope systems
- Electronic stethoscopes
- Patient exam cameras
- Handheld digital communication devices such as cellular phones and digital tablets
- Bluetooth biometric devices (e.g., blood pressure cuff, scale)
When and where possible, the use of this equipment is integrated into the electronic medical record, computer-assisted physician order entry, picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), and lab reporting.
Where is the APCCCI located?
The Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation is located in downtown Allentown at 707 Hamilton St., inside LVHN–One City Center.
APCCCI provides the space and tools for innovators to relax and have fun while brainstorming, designing, developing and testing innovative technologies, processes or financial models that will transform care, lower costs, and provide better care and improved health for the populations we serve.
The APCCCI was established through a generous gift from the Air Products Foundation, a Lehigh Valley charitable organization founded by local Fortune 500 Corporation Air Products. Ongoing projects at the APCCCI will require additional funding to help LVHN further its mission to heal, comfort and care for our community. Should you wish to make a donation to support the work of the APCCCI, please contact LVHN’s Philanthropy Department at 484-884-8759 or visit their website at LVHN.org/donate.
Future. We’re imagining it, inspiring it and innovating it here at the Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation at LVHN.
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’
But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”
-George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950