Remote BioMonitoring (RBM) Project: Development of KMC sensor for position and temperature

Project Lead
Dr. Prem K Mony
Source of Funding
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

While post-neonatal mortality rates have been declining steadily worldwide, neonatal mortality rates are not falling fast enough. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a key potential life-saver for preterm and low birth weight infants. Its effectiveness is however hampered by suboptimal coverage; and further, verification of reported KMC usage remains a key challenge. Implementation research will help us understand/improve the former and mobile health (mHealth) technologies appear to be a promising avenue for studying the latter.

The specific objective of this project is to design, develop and evaluate an innovative Remote BioMonitoring device for effectively tracking KMC adherence as well as track newborn (and maternal) temperatures coupled with data analytics to trigger action at the level of the care-giver/peripheral health worker in selected study settings in southern India.

Project Awards

  1. Suman Rao, Mony P, Thankachan P, Ponnusamy V, Waghmare A, Washington M, Thooya V, Chinnappa J, Pushpraj M, Raj T & Thomas T of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences and Joglekar A, Vasanth R, Rawat A & Bharadwaj Amrutur of the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems have been awarded the Best Poster Innovation Award for the poster presentation, “Remote BioMonitoring (RBM) device to validate reported Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in hospital - Community settings - feasibility, safety, efficacy: A proof-of-concept study” at the Annual Convention of National Neonatology Forum, September 2016, at Indore, India.
  2. Prem K Mony, Amrutur B, Thankachan P, Bhat S, Rao S, Washington M, Thomas A, Sheela N, Rao H & Antony S of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences and Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems have been awarded the Best Presentation Award for the oral presentation, “Remote BioMonitoring of mothers and newborns for temperature surveillance using a smart wearable sensor: Techno-feasibility study and clinical trial in Southern India” at the 18th International Conference on Developing Countries and Healthcare, November 2016, at Buenos Aires, Argentina.