A Melbourne private hospital is trialling software developed in-house aimed at improving the pregnancy and birthing experience of expectant mothers, by offering a single, all-inclusive pregnancy resource.
Cabrini Health is currently piloting Eve at its Malvern campus and Andrea Rindt, Nurse Director Women and Children, said the goal was to ensure that mothers-to-be had seamless communication with the maternity unit and a single source of evidence-based information.
“Eve addresses the issue of information overload faced by many first-time mums and provides them with a means of contacting the birth suite at their hospital with the click of a button,” she said.
“Public hospitals benefit from the minimised disruption to the birth suite that would typically occur when expectant mothers call with questions about their pregnancy.”
All the information contained in Eve has been authored by Cabrini clinicians and midwives. Users can also chat with other users on a forum moderated by hospital midwives to ensure the discussions are free from clinically inaccurate or inappropriate content.
The software also features a contraction timer and algorithms to help users determine exactly when they should head to hospital, ideally reducing premature hospital presentations.
Rindt said Cabrini had identified significant opportunities for rolling out Eve more broadly and has already received national and international interest.
“Many Australian private hospitals have an emerging focus on the deployment of innovative solutions to enable a greater patient experience,” she said.
“This growing appetite for hospitals to have 'a point of difference' creates significant opportunities for Eve.
“The primary goal of all hospitals is to provide quality patient care. The physiological and emotional health data captured by the device is transmitted back to the hospital in real time, enabling the midwives to monitor the patient status remotely for months leading up to the delivery of baby, thus enabling the provision of a higher standard of care.”