The world, today, is defined by a digital age. With the simple touch of a button billions of bytes of information are available. This big data aspect of the current digital era has inspired large companies to undertake more ambitious endeavors in relation to how far technology can be pushed. Brilliant new products and innovations have sprung forth such as artificial intelligence i.e. Amazon’s Alexa.
While before technology like this was reserved for more engineering and IT heavy fields, steps have been taken to make artificial intelligence an extension of healthcare specifically maternal and infant health care.
Individuals, whether they are millennials or part of generation Z, rely on interoperable devices to navigate their daily lives; The state of constant connectedness defines the current digital climate. With a life so tuned into digital media it’s no surprise that maternal and infant health care is starting to follow the same trend.
Health care professionals agree that maternal and infant health care would benefit greatly from digital health solutions. The health solutions can range from apps to smart watches to artificial intelligence all with the aim of improving the quality of care throughout all parts of the pregnancy process i.e. nursing, proper infant care, the health of child and the mother, etc.,
This new digital centered version of maternal and infant health care is becoming known as smart nurseries.
These devices could monitor and store information that could act as a data log for medical professionals and as a source of information for the parental unit. The result would be in a more personal and effective form of care for the infant and the mother.
Technology can go even farther and improve healthcare in relation to remote monitoring through the increased access and betterment of mobile health and telemedicine.
However, even with the numerous benefits that smart nurseries and other forms of interoperable health care can bring, the medical field will have to consider the issues of data security and how less developed countries will be able to access these kinds of amenities.
The issues of data security, data monitoring, cost, and worldwide accessibility may pose some road blocks to health care. Even with these concerns it is evident that smart nurseries are the future of maternal and infant health care.