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Oxford firm develops product to support maternity services during coronavirus pandemic

The new system by Sensyne Health helps mums-to-be monitor their own blood pressure at home.

The AI technology company - based at the Oxford Science Park - is helping pregnant women keep away from hospitals and clinics.

Sensyne Health responded to government guidelines for them minimise face-to-face contact during the lockdown.

It's now working with the NHS to expand the use of its 'BPm-Health' across the UK, and is making the product free for a year.

The ideas is that pregnant women monitor their blood pressure at home, with the results sent to their healthcare team remotely.

Women are sent alerts when it is time to take a reading, and can then record data on the patient app.

Dr Lucy Mackillop, Chief Medical Officer of Sensyne Health and a consultant obstetric physician at Oxford University Hospitals, said: “As a practicing consultant obstetric physician, I’m acutely aware that the pandemic is a cause of worry for expectant mothers as access to antenatal and postnatal services has been modified and some face-to-face appointments have been postponed.

"I welcome today’s launch of BPm-Health which will help NHS maternity services to support women to observe UK government guidelines on social distancing by remote monitoring of their blood pressure, while maintaining the delivery of high-quality care.

"This technology adds an additional tool for women’s heath, helping the NHS remotely manage pregnant women, maintain existing planned clinic appointments and provide the right care both during the COVID-19 pandemic, and long after it.  

"BPm-Health is an excellent accompaniment to the work we have already done with GDm-Health, an award-winning app helping mothers-to-be manage diabetes in pregnancy at home.” 

It comes after a 3000 participant trial was successfully completed by Oxford University.

The app was transferred to Sensyne earlier this year and re-engineered under the company’s Quality Management System.

Officials say there is an increasing the need for healthcare professionals to advocate blood pressure self-monitoring in order to reduce face-to-face consultations, whilst maintaining care for the woman and her baby.

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