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Early outcomes
The first couple of years of CHAMP
look promising-a study of Shirali's
patients using the app shows out of
44 unplanned readmissions to the
hospital, 13 were based on information
picked up through CHAMP that hadn't
been noticed by the caregiver at home.
Several of the babies would not have
survived otherwise, Shirali says. "I'm
aware of my baby's needs and triplechecking everything, but I feel more
comfortable because if something
doesn't look right, we get a phone call,"
Parkinson says. "And any time we have
a concern, they tell us to send in a video,
even if it's the middle of the night."
The video capability was at first
an afterthought, but it has become
indispensable. Erickson says it was

only added to the app because the
tablets came with built-in cameras,
and the team thought they might as
well use them. Now, she says, nurses
depend on seeing footage every day.
"The videos opened our eyes to a whole
new dimension of care," Shirali says.
By recording the baby at home every
day when it's cooing at its mother, it's
easier to notice changes in behavior or
appearance, such as heavier breathing
or pale skin, that could indicate medical
duress, Shirali says.
As many as a quarter of babies with
this disease don't survive, so with the
100 percent survival rate during the
first couple of years using CHAMP,
Westbrook says, the hospital felt a
moral obligation to share it. Children's
Mercy intends to develop a whole

portfolio of technology like it for
patients with various diseases that
require interventions and monitoring
at home, he says. "We didn't develop the
program with the vision of expanding
it to many facilities; we just developed
the best solution for our patients, and
then we found out it seems to be the
best solution for everybody's patients,"
says Stroup. "To see it come to reality
is one of the best things I've ever been
involved with in my life-to feel you
could help not only your own children
but kids around the world."

Susanna Ray is a writer for the
Microsoft Blog, where this article
was originally published.
Learn how your hospital can get
involved at childrensmercy.org/champ.

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