Smart Phones Used to Monitor Expectant Moms

Obstetricians at Anderson Regional Medical Center are now using cutting-edge technology to monitor their patients who are in labor, from anywhere, at any time. The technology is called AirStrip OB.

When expectant mothers are in labor at the hospital, it can send the fetal heart rate and maternal contraction patterns to the doctor's smart phone, along with nursing notes and vital signs.

One new mother says it added peace of mind.

"It made me feel comfortable, more relaxed about it," said Jessica Fortenberry. "Just, if something would have went wrong, she would have known exactly what was wrong and she could have got there if it would have been necessary."

"And the beauty of this software is that it allows us to make minute-to-minute decisions on patient care, as if we were at the beside," said Fortenberry's physician, Dr. Urelaine Simon-Hart. "I believe that it improves patient safety and patient satisfaction, because it's as if we're there, regardless of where we're located."

Simon-Hart can track delivery patients while seeing other patients at her office.

Anderson says it's the first hospital in Meridian to deploy AirStrip OB. Officials say it is compliant with federal privacy regulations.

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