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M-Health to transform pregnancy care

The use of mobile phones to access and deliver healthcare is set to transform medicine. Clinicians and health services have to adapt rapidly to this new reality.

My Capl is a leader in the drive to introduce M-Health into pregnancy care. We have a 3-phase programme:

Phase 1: 

The development of an intelligent interactive guidelines-driven app [Done]

This will undertake clinical risk assessment, develop care guidance plan and do all relevant calculations (birth weight centile, pregnancy interval...) with greater fidelity that humans. It also contains woman-centred tools such as contraction timer, kick counter and birth plan template. With Pregnancy Capl, we can ensure that every woman knows the care she should expect based on national guidelines.

Phase 2:

Developing intelligent electronic health records that talk to the app [2019] 

This will allow clinicians access to the same technology as in the app and enable women to carry their pregnancy records securely on their phone. These systems will meet all standards for security and encryption. This will surpass the targets set in the UK document Personalised Health and care 2020. We should then be able to guarantee that every woman is offered care based on national guidelines irrespective of the level of knowledge or experience of the clinician seeing them.

Phase 3

Develop un-intrusive wearable continuous ambulatory pregnancy monitoring devices [2025]

How do we see pregnancy care in 2025?

1) High quality, bespoke pregnancy information on every pregnant woman's phone: words, audio, video, any language. This will supplement but not replace information given by clinicians.

2) Earlier detection of problems by continuous ambulatory monitoring: women in remote areas will have time to access care.

3) Fewer scheduled antenatal visits: We will have data from continuous ambulatory monitoring. Algorithms in the app will make decisions and communicate these to the woman and the clinical centre.

4) We hope freed resources will be diverted into intra-partum care.

In subsequent posts, we will outline key features and tools in the Pregnancy Capl app and how these will inform and empower pregnant women and support clinicians.

  • Capl Blogger
    Paul Ayuk