"Using a Digital Pen to Improve Labor Monitoring and Reinforce Birth Attendant Training”
University of Colorado at Boulder
ATLAS TR 2011-8-01
The importance of training and labor monitoring tools has received increased emphasis among maternal health specialists in the last decade. Existing paper-based systems for monitoring and collecting data during labor have been shown to reduce life-threatening complications in low-resource environments; however, significant barriers exist to their use in developing countries. In this paper we describe a system that enhances a common labor-monitoring tool, the partograph, using a digital pen. The digital partograph system provides real-time data feedback and reinforces birth attendant training using audio, while retaining the familiar paper-and-pen interface currently used by most healthcare workers. We are currently evaluating a prototype of this system in Kenya.
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