NeoRoo, an integrated mHealth platform to improve nursing care for premature babies, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is an integral part of mHBS/DHIS2 (mobile Helping Babies Survive powered by DHIS2)
Hospitals in low/middle-income settings have an acute shortage of incubators, because of a lack of medical equipment and medical professionals around 92% of newborn babies face hypothermia complexities. The Kangaroo Mother Care(KMC) innovation is a patented biomedical device for newborn care intervention to improve the health of newborn babies with premature complexities. NeoRoo connected to the KMC device provides a digital interface that automatically monitors an infant’s vitals and sends alerts to responsible medical professionals and parents if babies vitals are abnormal.
Our research team (@sunbiz ; @shbucher ) worked with students to design semi-functional prototypes of a mobile application, the NeoRoo Digital Action Plan, that is purposely built to supports the development of shared goals & coordinated tasks, among families and healthcare providers, for clinical care, education, and discharge.
In particular, we are interested in developing full functionality in regards to several innovative features of the app, including:
- User Interface of NeoRoo mobile application
- Ability to track multiple babies at a time
- A communication channel between parents and medical professionals
- Continuous monitoring of neonatal vital sighs
- Reminders/alerts to provide recommended essential newborn care interventions
- Setting and Tracking Goals
The goal is to have a fully functional prototype, by the end of GSoC 2022, whereby our team can then conduct usability testing of the app in Kenya, among nurses and doctors.