Digital health services have significantly improved the quality and access to antenatal and postnatal care that expecting mothers receive. As telemedicine and mobile health apps become commonplace, expecting mothers now have access to several resources that can help them stay healthy and informed through every stage of pregnancy.
In this article, we will discuss the World Health Organization’s Digital Adaptation Kit for Antenatal Care, the importance of these services, and how BornFyne – Prenatal Management System is adapting this kit to provide high-quality care for both mothers and their babies.
WHO Digital Adaptation Kit for Antenatal Care
Digital Adaptation Kits (DAKs) are a part of the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) guidelines initiative that provides software-neutral documentation based on World Health Organization’s recommendations for digital systems.
The World Health Organization’s Digital Adaptation Kit for Antenatal Care is a set of tools and resources designed to support healthcare providers in delivering high-quality antenatal care using digital technologies. It includes things like mobile apps, online training materials, and decision-support tools to help providers offer comprehensive prenatal care to women, even in remote or underserved areas.
The WHO digital adaptation kit for antenatal care is important because it provides the best practices for the development and implementation of digital health interventions. This framework is recommended for use in developing digital platforms to improve the quality and accessibility of antenatal care services to women worldwide. It includes guidance on the use of digital tools for health education, appointment scheduling, and remote monitoring, among other things. By leveraging digital technology, the kit can help to overcome barriers to access and improve health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies.
BornFyne – Prenatal Management System
BornFyne is a mobile app that connects to a web portal called the Prenatal Management System (PNMS). The purpose of this system is to utilize the best digital health practices to provide quality maternal care to women in underserved sub-Saharan African countries.
The BornFyne-PNMS user interface has four online and two offline features. The offline features provide family planning education and medical advice, while the online features include antenatal care, pain, emergency, and postnatal care, connecting users to healthcare providers through interactive online features and geospatial information.
How BornFyne is Using the WHO Digital Adaptation Kit for Antenatal Care
BornFyne-PNMS implements the WHO SMART Guidelines approach through their digital adaptation kit for antenatal care. This approach integrates recommended clinical and public health practices, as well as data recommendations, into digital systems using suggested standards.
The antenatal care package in the PNMS was initially designed by adapting the WHO’s focused antenatal care package. Each pregnant woman is given a unique identifier number on the platform, and her socio-demographic data is collected using an equity lens. This allows for highly detailed electronic medical data to be collected from antenatal care visits up to postnatal care. The system collects a wide range of data during antenatal care visits to identify high-risk pregnancies and enable continuous follow-up.
Overall, BornFyne’s antenatal care delivery provides comprehensive support throughout pregnancy and ensures peace of mind for both pregnant women and their