The speciality of Obstetrics deals with pregnancy, and Gynecology deals, of course, with diseases of the female pelvic area.
There has been marked changes on many fronts of this specialty, which one can readily see after reading some of the great Ob/Gyn Blogs, from examining the Ob/Gyn Apps, the medical devices, and from the numerous websites of the specialty. The Ob/Gyn blogs, like most specialty blogs, are varied. Some are very businessness-like, conveying information about the Ob/Gyn practice, and giving medical information.
Other show the more personal side of an Ob/Gyn Doctor, and is usually anonymous. The MacArthur OB Blog is a state-of-the-art website, that is not only informative, but allows the patient to register before coming to the office, which, of course, saves time, and is more workable for the office staff. “The Blog that Ate Manhattan” is a less formal, personal light-hearted look at the life of food and the practice of ob/gyn in Manhattan. One can learn from both blogs.
An Obstetrician, Cameron Powell MD, combined with a programmer, Trey Moore to produce the first widely accepted medical application, called “Air Strip OB“, which enables the doctor to monitor the pregnant female remotely. That app was approved for medical use by the FDA in 2009, and now there are literally thousands of medical apps available.
There has been recently the production of medical devices in the field of Ob/Gyn. The Da Vinci System has been adopted by some specialists, and the number using this advanced robotic surgical system is very likely to grow, because of the advantage of be
ing non-invasive. The continued development of ultrasound technology making it more portable, and more effective is a tremendous plus for point-of-care physicians to diagnose obstetrical problems in the Emergency Room, in offices, and in Third World settings.
Another exciting development in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is the development of a wireless fetal monitor, called Sense4Baby. This system consists of a monitor and a sensor, which is attatched to the belly of a pregnant female.
The monitor is placed remotely, to be seen by the healthcare provider in another location, so that, in essence the pregnant mom can be monitored from afar.
Here follows a video which explains this system:
The West Health Insitute of San Diego announced in January of 2012 a year long study using Sense4Baby, with the co-operation of the Carlos Slim Health Institute of Mexico. The year-long study will be in done in the Yucatan Peninsula, and is the first in the field study of the wireless fetal monitoring device.
From the press release of this event: “According to UNICEF, 80 percent of maternal deaths worldwide could be prevented if women had access to essential obstetric and basic health care services, including prenatal monitoring technology. There is a pressing need for a low cost solution that will enable hospital grade medical care in rural and remote settings. Access to preventive monitoring technology will lower costs by mitigating adverse outcomes associated with high risk pregnancies.”
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