CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University Of Virginia Children's Hospital is using an iPad to monitor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients who have been released from care, but are still at-risk.

In the past, doctors sent guardians home with a pen and pad of paper to record any observations.

The technology sends data, like weight and temperature, straight to the medical center.

The system would flag anything abnormal and alert families to call their doctor.

"Instead of just sending them home and just hoping that everything goes ok or keeping them in the hospital for weeks on end to make sure everything’s ok. We transition them to the home environment using a technology platform that allows us to basically pretend as if they're still here,” said Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Jeff Vergales.

The medical center is also expanding this kind of technology to other patients, like children undergoing chemotherapy.