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Wireless Reach maternal health project wins GSMA Global Mobile Award for Best Innovation in Mobile Health

Mar 13, 2015

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The GSMA 2015 Global Mobile Awards, took place last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and it was a big day for Qualcomm Wireless Reach, as one of our health care projects won an award! Wireless Reach, together with Trice Imaging won the Best Innovation in Mobile Health award for the, Mobile Ultrasound Patrol project in Morocco.

Shawn Covell, vice president of Government Affairs, Amy Waterman, (senior manager, Government Affairs), and Asa Nordgren, CEO and co-founder of Trice Imaging, were there to accept.

The Mobile Ultrasound Patrol project demonstrates the power of advanced wireless technology in addressing maternal health. As the project manager who has overseen this project since its inception, I am thrilled with the global recognition the GSMA win brings to mHealth innovation at Qualcomm and the spotlight it shines on maternal health as a whole.

Our project addresses the fact that every day around the world, 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Wireless Reach and Trice Imaging are working to improve early detection and treatment of major causes of maternal mortality and to reduce the number of maternal deaths by providing rural clinics with portable ultrasound equipment that wirelessly captures and transmits ultrasound images with near-perfect clarity to specialists in urban hospitals. Though the physicians are located in different cities, they are able to quickly review the same data and collaborate on patient care.

Additional project collaborators include the Moroccan Ministère de la Santé (Ministry of Health), Fujifilm SonoSite and Sony.

The project’s trial results demonstrate the potential of using mHealth solutions in maternal care:

  • Shortened diagnostic review or second opinion time from two weeks to less than 24 hours
  • Reduced cost of a medical diagnosis from $80 to $2 per patient
  • Shortened transportation time of the medical data for review from four days to two seconds
  • Increased medical practitioners’ (midwives, nurses and general practitioners) skills to deliver ultrasounds from 20 percent sufficient for diagnostic purposes to 92 percent sufficient for diagnostic

Due to the success of this award-winning project, the Regional Health Ministry in the first region of Souss Massa Drâa has committed to installing these devices and this program in an additional 10 health houses, thanks to the President of the Region, Dr. Hafidi, in Agadir and the Regional Health Minister, Dr Abdelmoula Boulamizat. 

I hope that through the heightened awareness this GSMA award brings, the Mobile Ultrasound Patrol project will inspire more businesses, governments and organizations worldwide to collaborate on innovative solutions to address the global challenges of maternal health.

You can watch a brief video about the project here and to learn more about the Wireless Reach initiative, please visit our website.