Use of ultrasound and mhealth to improve perinatal outcomes in low and middle income countries
The explosion of mobile health and portable obstetric ultrasound interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) reflects the optimism that technology can help reduce persistently high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in these settings. While these technology-driven interventions have had success in improving aspects of antenatal and perinatal care, they have not clearly demonstrated reductions in mortality. The expanding synergy between mobile health (mHealth) and ultrasound technology shows promise to enhance care, but it will likely take combining these technological advances with system-wide approaches that also address referral patterns and infrastructure barriers to improve outcomes.
Seminars in Perinatology
Swanson, J. O.,
Nathan, R. O.,
Swanson, D. L.,
Perez, K. M.,
Bresnahan, B. W.,
Goldenberg, R. L.
(2019). Use of ultrasound and mhealth to improve perinatal outcomes in low and middle income countries. Seminars in Perinatology, 43(5), 267-272.
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