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West Wireless Health Institute Launches Groundbreaking Research Study on Sense4Baby™ Fetal Monitoring Device in Mexico
Date:1/25/2012

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to deliver quality care at a lower cost for high risk pregnancies, the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) today began a groundbreaking year-long research study with the Carlos Slim Health Institute on WWHI's first fetal monitoring experimental wireless medical device (Sense4Baby™) in Yucatan, Mexico.

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"This is a great opportunity for our project and is an important step forward in helping to lower the cost of health care," said Don Casey, CEO of WWHI.  "Collaborating with the Carlos Slim Health Institute leverages our mutual goals of extending the reach of patient care anywhere, by providing wireless remote monitoring of patients that can be conducted by clinicians and community health workers."

According to UNICEF, 80 percent of maternal deaths worldwide could be prevented if women had access to essential obstetric and basic health care services, including prenatal monitoring technology.  There is a pressing need for a low cost solution that will enable hospital grade medical care in rural and remote settings.  Access to preventive monitoring technology will lower costs by mitigating adverse outcomes associated with high risk pregnancies.

In 2010, WWHI developed Sense4Baby™, a hand-held, portable wireless device that provides critical maternal and fetal monitoring in high-risk pregnancies at a lower cost by enabling a health care provider to monitor the patient anywhere there is cellular service.

After today's demonstration of the Sense4Baby™ technology for the Governor and  Minister of Health of the State of Yucatan, WWHI and Carlos Slim Health Institute officials announced their joint plan to embark on a two-phase research study in Mexico.  Through this research collaborati
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