Work by the University of Cumbria’s digital health team to reduce the amount of time expectant mothers spend travelling for scans is to be showcased at the King's Fund Digital Health and Care Congress (July 11-12 2017.)
The project which began in 2015 saw researchers from Cumbria work closely with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust and Newcastle University collaborate on the pilot project which was funded by Academic Science Heath Network for the north east and north Cumbria.
“This was an innovation prompted by Professor Stephen Robson, a fetal medicine specialist, who wanted to reduce travel time and inconvenience to women by enabling remote ultrasound scans,” said Elaine Bidmead, research fellow at the University of Cumbria. “This has proved to be a wonderful project to be involved in because it has brought enormous benefits to Cumbrian women and has shown how different organisations can work together to improve their services for patients.”
Elaine and Vikki Snaith from Newcastle hospitals will be presenting the findings of the pilot to the annual Digital Health and Care Congress held next week at the King's Fund in London.
The presentation will show how the fetal telemedicine service was established between a obstetric ultrasound unit of a district general hospital and a specialist fetal medicine unit to enable real-time ultrasound images to be viewed via video-conferencing.