Dr. Natan Noviski is Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Associate Chairman of Pediatrics at the Mass. General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He received his MD from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv Univ., Israel, and completed a Respiratory Fellowship at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at MGH, and research fellowships at Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Internationally, Dr. Noviski has lectured and directed conferences in many countries in an effort to foster the development of Pediatric Pulmonary and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. In Ecuador, he has been very involved in the development of Pediatric Critical Care, organizing medical missions and conferences, and has served as advisor to the Ecuadorian Minister of Public Health. He is also Founder and Co-Director of Operation Airway, a medical mission that performs airway surgery to improving quality of life for children who cannot breathe or speak on their own, in countries where this form of surgery does not yet exist, and educates local physicians to provide this care themselves.
Dr. Noviski's research focus is the use of innovative technology in the care of critically ill children.
My interest in the pathophysiology of airway hyper-reactivity, particularly in relation to exercise, hyperventilation and ozone-induced asthma, formed the basis of my early research. More recently my focus has shifted to the uses of clinical innovation, and innovative technology in the care of critically ill children. I have investigated the use of computer-based technology to continuously and electronically monitor high fidelity audio outputs of lung sounds in critical care patients. In addition, I have been active in the development of a unique/first-of-its-kind service of pediatric telemedicine. We created a home-to-hospital program, Connected Pediatric Critical Care, which features real-time video communication, enabling the on-call attending physician, when at home, to personally examine the patient and communicate directly with the PICU staff, other specialists and the child's parents. The remote examination includes the innovative use of a mobile, high-definition videoconferencing unit with robotic cameras and scopes in the PICU, and small videoconferencing units in each of the attending's homes. This initiative was recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a clinical innovation. Currently, we are hoping to use similar techniques for the direct benefit of children who require recurrent admissions to the PICU because of their chronic illness by enhancing the parent/child communication.
MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Imagine it's the middle of the night, and a resident in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) needs to consult with the attending physician on call about a patient.
Young patients being treated in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children now have access to a new, pioneering home-to-hospital program: Connected Pediatric Critical Care.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children specialists traveled to South America to teach airway reconstruction procedures and to promote the concept of collaborative care.
In a recent study, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) found that nighttime telemedicine linking staff intensivists on overnight home-call with PICU bedside care providers, patients and their families is technologically feasible and beneficial for remotely managing critically ill patients.
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