PIERS on the Move: Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk assessment on a mobile phone

The University of British Columbia
Organization Location: 
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Worldwide pre-eclampsia is the 2nd leading cause of maternal death, killing 76,000 pregnant women and 500,000 fetuses and infants each year. With Saving Lives at Birth (2011) seed funding, we developed a ground-breaking solution to this global health challenge. "PIERS on the Move" integrates our two innovations: the miniPIERS (Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk) predictive model, which can accurately stratify women into risk categories up to a week before complications arise and without laboratory tests; and the Phone Oximeter. Together they produce a cutting-edge mHealth application. To transition "PIERS on the Move" to scale, we will leverage our existing research framework and collaborations in Mozambique and Pakistan to provide clear evidence of the impact of our innovation and develop a sustainable economic model for its implementation through local demand, value and supply chain creation in Mozambique. Our innovation empowers community healthcare providers in rural, low-resource settings to rapidly and reliably assess risks to mothers and children, and to save lives by providing appropriate treatment and/or referral to a higher level health centers. This is a significant improvement on current practices in low-resource settings, where referral typically occurs only when life-threatening events have occurred. By harnessing the processing and battery power of mobile phones, and leveraging the widespread availability of cellular services in Africa and South Asia, "PIERS on the Move" overcomes the barriers of skill, distance, and resources.

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