Our colleagues at Maternova recently highlighted on their innovation index a new tool (that is currently in development) that aims to increase the effectiveness of the partograph. The PartoPen is being developed by University of Colorado-Boulder Ph.D candidate Heather Underwood.
According to Maternova’s innovation index:
Using an infrared camera, the pen takes picture of dots that are pre-printed on the paper that act as GPS coordinates for the pen. The pen provides real-time feedback for:
· Decision support: Based on location of the pen on graph, the pen will provide next steps
· Reminders: Auto-reminders of time and procedure
· Error Checking: ex. Recording a temperature in F vs. C, pen recognizes the error
The digital partograph system provides real-time data feedback and reinforces birth attendant training, while retaining the paper-and-pen interface currently used by most healthcare workers. The system is currently being evaluated in Kenya.
This project received a $100,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop and implement the technology.
Learn more about this new tool from Maternova here.
Visit the PartoPen site.
Access several documents about the partograph in the MHTF Library. (Just enter “partograph” in the search box!)
Read a number of blog posts about the partograph on the MHTF Blog.