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Title: Mobile Health Applications for Prenatal Assessment and Monitoring
Authors: Gyselaers, Wilfried
Lanssens, Dorien
Perry, Helen
Khalil, Asma
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: BENTHAM SCIENCE PUBL LTD
Citation: Current pharmaceutical design (Print), 25(5), p. 615-623
Abstract: Background: A mobile health application is an exciting, fast-paced domain that is likely to improve prenatal care. Methods: In this narrative review, we summarise the use of mobile health applications in this setting with a special emphasis on both the benefits of remote monitoring devices and the potential pitfalls of their use, highlighting the need for robust regulations and guidelines before their widespread introduction into prenatal care. Results: Remote monitoring devices for four areas of prenatal care are reported: (1) cardio-tocography; (2) blood glucose levels; (3) blood pressure; and (4) prenatal ultrasound. The majority of publications are pilot projects on remote consultation, education, coaching, screening, monitoring and selective booking, mostly reporting potential medical and/or economic benefits by mobile health applications over conventional care for very specific situations, indications and locations, but not always generalizable. Conclusions: Despite the potential advantages of these devices, some caution must be taken when implementing this technology into routine daily practice. To date, the majority of published research on mobile health in the prenatal setting consists of observational studies and there is a need for high-quality randomized controlled trials to confirm the reported clinical and economic benefits as well as the safety of this technology. There is also a need for guidance and governance on the development and validation of new apps and devices and for the implementation of mobile health technology into healthcare systems in both high and low-income settings. Finally, digital communication technologies offer perspectives towards exploration and development of the very new domain of tele-pharmacology.
Notes: [Gyselaers, Wilfried] Ziekenhuis Oost Limburg, Dept Obstet, Schiepse Bos 6, B-3600 Genk, Belgium. [Gyselaers, Wilfried; Lanssens, Dorien] Hasselt Univ, Dept Physiol, Hasselt, Belgium. [Lanssens, Dorien] Hasselt Univ, Fac Med & Life Sci, Mobile Hlth Unit, Hasselt, Belgium. [Perry, Helen; Khalil, Asma] St Georges Univ London, Mol & Clin Sci Res Inst, Vasc Biol Res Ctr, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, England. [Perry, Helen; Khalil, Asma] St Georges Univ Hosp NHS Fdn Trust, Dept Obstet & Gynaecol, Fetal Med Unit, Blackshaw Rd, London SW17 0QT, England.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/28754
DOI: 10.2174/1381612825666190320140659
ISI #: 000470079500014
ISSN: 1381-6128
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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