More than ever before, new medical technologies are being developed, tested and approved for use in patient care. It’s important for clinicians and health care leaders to work together to evaluate these new technologies to understand which ones make the most sense for their patients and institutions. That’s the approach we take at University Health.
Innovation is important in health care and enables us to continually improve care and outcomes for our patients. We stay abreast of the latest trends in medicine and make decisions to acquire new technologies putting the needs of our patients at the forefront.
Advanced Technologies and Treatment Options
We are committed to providing the latest technologies and treatment options that:
- Improve safety
- Allow us to be more efficient
- Enhance communication and care coordination
- Make a positive difference on your health
Our nationally recognized neonatologists continue to research groundbreaking therapies and treatments for babies with developmental conditions, while offering new technology to keep parents involved every step of the way.
- The nation’s first Neonatal Nutrition and Bone Institute focusing on the nutrition, bone health and specialized testing in children.
- DXA scan – Bone density scanning, an enhanced form of an X-ray, used to measure the child’s bone loss.
- Pea pod – A device used to measure body composition in premature infants, allowing our neonatologists to create an ideal diet for each baby to achieve an appropriate weight gain.
- Baby chat – FaceTime technology used to connect moms with their babies from their hospital patient rooms.
- Angel Eye – Real-time online video and communication technology allowing parents and family members to see their baby in the NICU anytime, anywhere.
The new integrated operating rooms in University Hospital are equip with a level of technology unmatched anywhere in the region. High-resolution video displays and touch-screen controls, so that surgical teams can examine X-rays on a large, wall-mounted monitor, read lab results on a smaller, boom-mounted screen and have hands-free conversations with specialists on another floor.
- Image stream – Video conferencing to consult with a colleague down the hall or halfway around the world.
- Two hybrid operating rooms with enhanced capabilities to allow endovascular procedures and traditional open surgeries – all in the same room.
- O-arm imaging system for spine surgery, allowing our surgeons to see clear, real-time images of the body.
- Surgery tracker, so families can stay up-to-date through every step of their loved ones’ procedures. You can conveniently access the Surgery Tracker in MyChart.
The Sky Tower at University Hospital was designed with the needs of our patients and visitors in mind. Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
- Televisions in patient rooms are for more than watching news and entertainment channels. Now, our patients and their families can watch videos that help them learn about their health conditions and what they should do to improve their health. They can also watch relaxation videos or listen to soothing music and sounds of nature. A new state-of-the-art Nurse Call system is connected to our wireless phone system, allowing patients to contact their nurse wherever he or she is at on the floor.
- Our private patient rooms are larger than most hospital rooms, so that there is plenty of room for families to visit, and a comfortable sofa for one person to spend the night.
- Room service allows patients to order meals from a varied menu and have it delivered to their room in minutes.
- Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) – AGVs mostly operate behind the scenes – driverless – traveling on computerized magnetic navigation systems under the concrete floors from sublevel supply rooms to patient floors carrying linens, medical supplies, food trays and much more.
Therapists at our Reeves Rehabilitation Center are specially trained to offer patients with lower extremity weakness or paralysis a new way to stand up and walk.
University Health is the first and only facility in San Antonio equipped with the EKSO exoskeleton – a wearable bionic suit with adjustable, battery-powered motors that drive the legs and facilitate neuromuscular walking function.