Non-Profit Medical Institute Launches Study on its Wireless Fetal MonitorJanuary 23, 2012
Earlier this week, the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), a California-based medical research organization, announced its partnership with Carlos Slim Health Institute to conduct a 1-year long study on a wireless fetal monitoring device, Sense4Baby.
Sense4Baby is a handheld fetal monitor designed to provide maternal and fetal monitoring for high-risk pregnancies for patient use anywhere cellular service is available. The device designed by WWHI intends to give low-cost hospital-standard monitoring to expectant mothers and their babies who are located in rural and remote areas.
UNICEF reported that 80 percent of maternal deaths worldwide are caused by lack of access to obstetric checkups and even general health clinics. WWHI believes that the innovation of their wireless fetal monitor could help lower the cost of medical services and provide hospital-grade medical care to patients located in remote areas. According to Donald Casey, chief executive officer of WWHI, "collaborating with the Carlos Slim Health Institute leverages our mutual goals of extending the reach of patient care anywhere, by providing wireless remote monitoring of patients that can be conducted by clinicians and community health workers."
During the first phase of the study, the portable device will be used in Yucatan, Mexico clinics to test blood pressure, fetal heart rate, glucose and protein levels in urine. For its next phase to be conducted in the Fall, health workers will be given the device to conduct checkups in mothers’ homes. The test data will be transferred to a secure server which will be provided to a specialist at a different area for observation. “This is a great opportunity for our project and is an important step forward in helping to lower the cost of health care,” Casey added.
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