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Handheld Maternal-Fetal Early Warning System

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Prototype
Location Africa, Asia, South America


Problem being addressed

In the poorest countries, there are 500 million maternal deaths, 3.2 million still births, and 4 million neonatal deaths each year. To prevent mortality, early detection of preeclampsia, labor dystocia, and the presence of preterm labor are important for determining possible hazards.

Detailed description of the solution

To detect problems with the mother and fetus during pregnancy, a system of reusable capacitive sensors and smart phones may be used to detect the presence of potential ailments. The device is a maternal-fetal monitoring system that aides medical personnel in decision-making. Once ailments are detected the patients may be sent to the proper facilities for treatment.

Designed by

  • Designed by: Neil Euliano of Convergent Engineering, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Manufacturer location: Florida, USA

Funding Source

This project received $100,000 in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant.


Other internally generated reports

Clary, B. (n.d.). Non-invasive, All-inclusive Maternal-Fetal Monitoring System. University of Florida Office of Tecnology Licensing. Retrieved February 5, 2013. PDF available here.

Convergent Engineering. (n.d.). National Institutes of Health Commercialization Assistance Program. Retrieved February 5, 2013. PDF available here.

Externally generated reports

Round 5. (n.d.). Grand Challenges in Global Health. Retrieved February 5, 2013. Link available here.

IP and copyright

U.S. Patent #8,275,451