The app allows you to monitor the blood pressure and blood sugar of pregnant women
New app helps clinicians monitor pregnant women for high blood pressure and glucose levels at home.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been essential to keep people out of the hospital as much as possible to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus. For pregnant women, who are known to be at higher risk of COVID-19, it is essential that, where possible, hospital visits are avoided.
Avoiding face-to-face appointments has posed significant challenges for antenatal services, as many women receive life-saving care during these clinics, including blood pressure measurement and blood sugar monitoring. Both checks are important because they can detect signs of serious complications, such as preeclampsia or diabetes.
The MyMaternity app was developed with clinicians at Saint Mary’s Hospital, which is part of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), and used feedback from people they previously cared for to inform design and content. The app allows pregnant women to record their blood pressure and blood sugar at home, with information sent to their midwifery team in real time. Midwives monitor the results and request additional treatment when needed. The app also provides tips and information for users.
The app is now available at three hospitals in Greater Manchester and has supported over 400 pregnant women to date.
Professor Jenny Myers, consulting obstetrician at Saint Mary’s Hospital and professor of obstetrics and maternal medicine at the University of Manchester, said: ‘During COVID-19 it has been essential to protect our pregnant women and reduce hospital visits where they can be avoided. By being able to monitor our pregnant women remotely, maintain regular contact with them and easily view their results in the new app, we can continue their care and limit the number of people needing hospitalization during the pandemic. “
The app was developed by technology company Graphnet, which specializes in developing IT solutions for healthcare and care, and supported by the delivery team at Health Innovation Manchester. It was also developed in collaboration with users.
The functionality of the MyMaternity app is configured to be integrated into the GM care record, which is also powered by Graphnet. The GM Care Record brings together information held by different health and care organizations to ensure that general practitioners, doctors, nurses, midwives and practitioners can see medical records, care plans, medications and test results up to date. It now informs about the right care and treatment for almost all of the 2.8 million people in Greater Manchester.
Guy Lucchi, Director of Digital Innovation at Health Innovation Manchester, said: “The MyMaternity app is a fantastic example of using technology to improve patient care and support clinicians. It is also a testament to the strength of our existing decentralized partnerships across GM in taking swift action on things that will directly benefit patients and frontline services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. “
Brian Waters, Managing Director of Graphnet, added: “We are delighted to have been able to help Health Innovation Manchester respond quickly and use our technology to provide important monitoring services safely to pregnant women. “