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ECU top 5 finalist in WApp competition

Friday, 28 October 2011


ECU’s Mobile Fetal and Maternal Health Monitorprototype has been shortlisted in the final of the WApp Awards.

Dr Martin Masek, Associate Professor Peng Lam and colleagues from the School of Computer and Security Science developed the application (app) to monitor the health of both mother and baby remotely.

The app is designed to be used by mothers or local health workers. It has three specific functions:

  • Monitoring fetal heart rate: by connecting an inexpensive ($50 - $200) portable fetal monitor to the microphone-in of the phone, the app provides functionality equivalent to expensive in-hospital equipment;
  • Checks for signs of preeclampsia: This is a serious maternal condition characterised by raised blood pressure in conjunction with excess protein excretion in urine. The app allows a mother to enter blood pressure and protein values into the app to monitor this condition;
  • Depression screening: The app implements the standard Edinburgh protocol, a test normally administered pre-admission to indicate the likelihood of depression.

The data collected is uploaded to a server which generates an automated email to the attending midwife for evaluation and appropriate action.

The WApp awards are being offered as part of the Univation technology showcase program, run by the four WA universities.

Winners will receive funding, expertise, server space and investment to help develop and launch their ideas for new applications for smartphones or other wireless devices.  

ECU made a strong showing in the WApps awards with 13 projects entered.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Advancement), Professor John Finlay-Jones said:

“The high calibre of entrants confirms ECU’s strength in research with practical application.”

The winners will be announced on 3 November 2011 at the Univation event, held at the Burswood Convention Centre.


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