Telemedical pregnancy care is a solution for reliable monitoring of the heart rate of the unborn child and the contractions of the expectant mother in the home environment. With the help of a portable device, the patient can perform a non-invasive CTG examination at any location at any time. The determined examination results are automatically transmitted to the telemedical center for detailed evaluation and interpreted by the medical staff on the basis of defined procedures. If there is a danger for the patient or for their unborn child, appropriate rescue measures are initiated.
CTG examinations enable the early detection of life-threatening dangers for the unborn child. Cardiotocography is a basic, widely used, non-invasive technique for monitoring the heart rate of an unborn child during pregnancy and childbirth. Cardiotocographic Examination (CTG) is suitable for women with single pregnancies between the 36th and 42nd week of pregnancy. Before using telemedical pregnancy care, every patient is examined by a gynecologist. This determines whether the solution is even suitable for the patient.
The patients carry out the CTG examinations in accordance with the recommendations of their gynecologist or midwife at certain intervals, at the recommended times, and in certain situations. Remote monitoring is particularly recommended for women whose pregnancies have been classified as high-risk pregnancies due to risk factors, concomitant diseases, or their age.
The CTG examinations are carried out independently by the patients. The examination time is usually 30 minutes. After completion of the CTG examination, the data is automatically sent to the telemedical center, where they are evaluated and diagnosed. After each examination, the patient is informed of the examination results. Should any abnormalities or irregularities occur, the medical staff will initiate the necessary measures according to the established procedures.
The pregnant woman has the opportunity to monitor the health of her unborn child as part of telemedical prenatal care. It means that she is also looked after between the individual visits to the gynecologist or midwife. The examinations are carried out at the time specified by the patient or when troubling symptoms occur. In addition to the beneficial medical aspects and the ability to react quickly to dangers, telemedical pregnancy care can be used to listen to the heartbeat of the unborn child at any time. It has a positive effect on the general well-being and psychological state of the expectant mother.
Automatic CTG diagnosis based on the following algorithms:
Telemedical services are implemented via the Health Arc e-Care platform, which enables continuous remote monitoring of patients’ health. It creates the conditions for receiving and processing medical data as well as data that is collected via measuring devices for monitoring certain vital parameters. In addition, the software supports the medical staff in carrying out defined procedures.