Assistive care loop with electronic maternity records

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Conference Proceeding
2008 10th IEEE Intl. Conf. on e-Health Networking, Applications and Service, HEALTHCOM 2008, 2008, pp. 118 - 123
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Surprisingly women-held pregnancy health records (paper based) are still predominantly used in most hospitals in Australia. These records are not standardized as each hospital or state has a slightly different version. Early efforts have been made to standardize pregnancy records and make them available electronically. Electronic record systems do not allow dynamic interaction between users and they are not accessible when users are mobile. This paper describes an Assistive Maternity Care (AMC) system that addresses a number of important issues: 1) transforming a women-held paper-based record for pregnancy care into an Electronic Maternity Record (EMR); 2) investigating mechanisms to make the record active; 3) creating a system whereby details of the pregnant women and their carers can be recorded, updated over wired and wireless networks; and 4) creating a pregnancy care loop over which midwives and doctors and pregnant women under their care can communicate effectively anywhere, anytime for the duration of pregnancy. © 2008 IEEE.
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