The "SMART Start" project of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität) explores the application of these technologies: "The project goal is to research how smart devices could find their place in standard prenatal care in the future," explains Dr. Hanna Hübner from the University Hospital Erlangen in a MEDICA-tradefair.com interview. Aside from smart sensor technology like the one used in wearable devices, the project also plans to use artificial intelligence techniques to draw conclusions from measured values and identify any problems at an early stage.
The expansion of digital care options for expectant mothers and young families is also the goal of the HEDI – Digital Support Throughout Pregnancy” (German: "HEDI – Digitale Hilfe für die Schwangerenversorgung") project in the Göttingen/South Lower Saxony region. HEDI does not focus on wearables and sensors but provides support during pregnancy with information. "The app contains informative texts pertaining to pregnancy and childbirth and other related information targeting finances and required documents," explains Dr. Corinna Morys-Wortmann in a MEDICA-tradefair.com interview. Apart from informative texts, the project also includes information on advisory and counseling services in the region.
The app also targets midwives in the region: "Midwives can create a profile, receive contact requests, and can schedule appointments with pregnant women who receive care," says Morys-Wortmann.
The eHealth and telemedicine sectors also offer products that facilitate at-home pregnancy monitoring. The Japanese startup company Melody International Ltd showcased the "iCTG" mobile fetal monitor at MEDICA 2022, which enables mobile monitoring of the fetal heart rate. By using a mobile device, the recorded data can be made available online and discussed with a physician.