Philips and Sijunjung Regency to offer new telehealth service in Indonesia

14 January 2016 (Last Updated January 14th, 2016 18:30)

Royal Philips has entered an agreement with Indonesian Sijunjung Regency to provide its new telehealth service, mobile obstetrics monitoring (MOM), in the West Sumatra region.

MOM Telehealth service

Royal Philips has entered an agreement with Indonesian Sijunjung Regency to provide its new telehealth service, mobile obstetrics monitoring (MOM), in the West Sumatra region.

The company has designed the smartphone-based digital health service to identify mothers-to-be at high-risk of pregnancy-related complications, helping reduce maternal mortality rates.

In order to deploy the digital solution effectively in the region, Philip is working with Indonesia telecommunication provider PT TELKOM.

The MOM telehealth service allows midwives in remote locations to share vital measurements, observational data and mobile ultrasound images with obstetricians and gynecologists in the country's larger hospitals.

It features two mobile phone apps, with one enabling midwives to collect vital measurement data such as weight, blood pressure and temperature and sync it to the MOM web portal.

The second feature will allow doctors to track the data and review woman's progress.

"Indonesia still struggles with one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world partly due to the lack of access to healthcare services."

Regional primary care centres specialists can also access the data through a MOM web portal to monitor women's conditions and identify high-risk pregnancies through dashboard interface.

Philips healthcare informatics, solutions and services CEO Jeroen Tas said: "Indonesia, with 255 million people living on more than 900 islands, still struggles with one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world partly due to the lack of access to healthcare services."

"With the roll-out of our mobile obstetrics monitoring solution in West Sumatra, we are helping to give people access to skilled healthcare personnel and the right technology at the right time.

"It's a clear example of how digital technologies can facilitate preventative care and have a tremendous impact on the quality of care."

It is reported that the pilot had over 650 pregnancies within the programme and not a single woman died from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth through early monitoring and risk stratification.

The firm intends to launch MOM telehealth service in other regions of Indonesia, India and Africa later this year.


Image: Royal Philips agrees to provide MOM telehealth service in the West Sumatra region. Photo: courtesy of Koninklijke Philips NV.