Wrocław firm has global hit with remote device monitoring babies in the womb
A Polish-made tele-medical device that can monitor a baby’s health before birth is to reduce the anxiety of expectant mothers around the world.
Pregnabit by Nestmedic, from Wrocław, monitors the fetal heart rate, the mother's pulse and records uterine muscle contraction. It is designed to aid mothers in their third trimester by offering remote checking.
This will not only reduce the need for doctor’s visits during an uncomfortable period but could reassure concerned parents without having to make emergency dashes to the hospital or doctor’s office in the event of abnormal feelings.
“We have developed Pregnabit for pregnant women for whom prevention is particularly important,” said Doctor Patrycja Wizińska-Socha, board member and founder of Nestmedic. “Current control of fetal well-being can significantly reduce the level of stress felt by the mother and positively affect her overall well-being and mental condition. Early detection of a threat, including using CTG measurements, can realistically contribute to the rapid response and implementation of an appropriate medical procedure.”
The company has carried out over 5,000 tests on the device in the last two years and hospitals around Poland have begun using the it. It is already available in Bulgaria, Finland, Israel, Nigeria, Vietnam and also available in nine languages.
“I see the great potential of the Pregnabit system, both in Poland and on international markets,” said Jacek Gnich, the company’s recently appointed president of the board. “I strongly believe in this product and I am very happy that I will be able to develop it together with a team of outstanding specialists who have worked on it so far. I hope that my professional experience and knowledge in the field of product commercialisation will bring measurable benefits for Nestmedic. One of my first tasks as president will be to prepare an update of the action plan in terms of both device sales and technological development.”
Doctor Anna Skotny, vice president of the board, stressed the importance of global sales for the Wrocław firm.
“Sales on foreign markets are very important to us,” she explained. “Prices for research on global markets can be four or even five times higher than in Poland. In addition, they are reimbursed in some markets, which means that countries and institutions understand the need to carry out preventive tele-medicine activities and are ready to invest in it. This is a great opportunity for us, and we can already see a lot of interest from global partners in our solution.”
An independent study published in Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine found that, “remote evaluation of recordings is as reliable as on-site analysis. Remote pregnancy surveillance is safe, effective and may be implemented into everyday obstetric care.”