During the pandemic, ICT Healthcare & Technology Solutions (HCTS) decided to support hospitals here and abroad by providing a number of Sense4Baby telemonitoring units free of charge. Rijnstate made use of this offer. It now offers this service permanently to women with high-risk pregnancies.
For indications like premature rupture of membranes, high blood pressure, diabetes and delayed growth, pregnant women in the last phase of pregnancy are monitored more closely. Sometimes a CTG must be done daily. This registers the baby’s heartbeat and the uterine activity. Normally, patients would go to the hospital for this procedure, but nowadays it can be done remotely via telemonitoring.
In the specialist Rijnstate Hospital, around two thousand births are supervised by gynaecologists, nurses and midwives. Telemonitoring of pregnant women with a medical indication was already on the wish list of Rijnstate Hospital’s Maternity Department. The outbreak of COVID-19 accelerated its implementation. By using telemonitoring, patients do not have to be admitted to hospital for long stays or come to the outpatient clinic for daily check-ups. Care can be provided safely and efficiently while the pregnant woman remains in her familiar environment and makes daily use of the hospital’s expertise remotely. In particular, vulnerable pregnant women who are at higher risk of infection are exposed less by being monitored at home.
How does Sense4Baby work?
Sense4Baby is provided in a lightweight suitcase with all accessories needed to monitor the mother’s blood pressure, the mother’s and baby’s heartbeat, any contractions and other vital signs. In consultation with the hospital, the patient sets up and connects the monitor daily at a set time. The monitoring is activated using the Sense4Baby app on the smartphone provided. This allows a recording to be made that can later be sent to the hospital for the gynaecologist to evaluate. Or the streaming option can be chosen, with which the hospital watches the CTG signal live.