North Shore-LIJ expands remote video auditing services


The North Shore-LIJ Health System is expanding its use of remote video auditing (RVA) to more than 140 patient care rooms in surgery suites, intensive care units (ICUs), endoscopy suites, labor and delivery rooms and emergency departments (ED) in multiple hospitals and surgery centers.

RVA services already are in place at North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Forest Hills Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ) in New Hyde Park and North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset and other applications of video monitoring will be added to those facilities.

In addition, RVA is being implemented at NSUH’s Schwartz Ambulatory Surgery Center in Manhasset and the North Shore-LIJ Center for Advanced Medicine’s Ambulatory Surgery Center in Lake Success, which collectively perform nearly 15,000 outpatient surgeries annually.

“Beginning in 2008, North Shore-LIJ became the nation’s first healthcare provider to use video monitoring as part of our efforts to strengthen patient safety,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer at North Shore-LIJ.

“Given our success in improving hand-washing compliance in our ICUs and surgical safety in our operating rooms, we are excited to pioneer the use of video auditing in other important patient care areas.”

North Shore-LIJ is expanding RVA for the following new uses throughout the health system:

Endoscope cleaning applications that ensure proper disinfecting processes, including the highly publicized duodenoscopes that examine the first section of the small intestine; ICU patient flow applications designed to significantly reduce the amount of time to transfer patients into and out of the ICU; labor and delivery and Cesarean-section room applications to improve patient safety and efficiencies; and ED applications that ensure continuous Ebola preparedness training with barrier protection for all ED staff.

NSUH became the nation’s first hospital to use RVA in 2008, installing cameras in its medical and surgical ICUs as part of an effort to improve hand hygiene.

Dr John DiCapua, chair of anesthesiology at North Shore-LIJ and CEO of NAPA, said it was in the best interests of patients to expand its use.

“Expanding this new technology will provide our hospitals with strong, sustainable tools that will continue to improve patient safety and perioperative efficiencies,” he said.

North Shore-LIJ Health System, Michael Dowling, US