INTELLIGENT CTG DEVICE
Spiker Ltd developed a low-cost device that automatically analyzes the CTG graphs and provides evidence-based feedback on the health of the baby during childbirth. The device is small, unobtrusive, and pluggable (without hardware modification) into an existing CTG machine that most medical personnel in Rwanda use and are familiar with. Thus, it requires little to no training, and its installation requires little technical know-how since it seamlessly leapfrogs on existing infrastructure.
This device is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered clinical decision support (CDS) and analyses the CTG traces in real-time to assess the fetus's well-being. The CDS system requires no internet connection and provides mechanisms to allow early detection of fetal distress and facilitated obstetricians in making a rapid and evidence-informed decision during childbirth. It is also designed to help reduce labor-intensive CTG monitoring tasks; thus, allowing obstetricians to spend time on other high-priority responsibilities. In particular, the proposed CDS system will help in decision-making during labor and will send alerts to medical personnel if an abnormal CTG is detected to expedite investigations of special cases that might need urgent medical interventions.
Overview of the novel intelligent CTG interpretation system
The device is pluggable into an existing CTG, uses a cheap WIFI router for intranet communication (thus, no internet is required), and provides a monitoring mechanism that allows a single obstetrician to monitor several mothers at the same time on a single large screen.
The device is expected to provide the following impacts:
- Reduction of unnecessary cesarean section
- Reduction of the risks of neonatal seizures
- Reduction of the risk of birth asphyxia
- Reduce the time and training required to properly interpret a CTG graph.