In this MEDICA-tradefair.com interview, Dr. Corinna Morys-Wortmann talks about the "HEDI" project and the app that connects women and families during and after pregnancy with healthcare professionals and the respective help centers.
Dr. Morys-Wortmann, what is the goal of the "HEDI – Digital Support Throughout Pregnancy" (German: "HEDI- Digitale Hilfe für die Schwangerenversorgung") project and the corresponding app?
Dr. Corinna Morys-Wortmann: Our goals are centered on our two focus groups. The first group are pregnant women and young families, whom we want to inform about the available health services here in the South Lower Saxony (German: Südniedersachsen) region.
The second group comprises the midwives. The app serves as a coordination tool for them. Midwives can create a profile, receive contact requests, and can schedule appointments with pregnant women who receive care. Prior to connecting with a midwife, pregnant women are required to enter specific information. This allows a midwife to have access to all the data she needs at the time of the care request. A map also displays the location and spatial distribution of currently established care relationships along with the care request. This allows midwives in rural areas to quickly determine the distance to expectant mothers.
Aside from pregnant women and midwives, medical practices, gynecologists, pediatricians, and counseling professionals from the "Early Aid-System" (German: "Frühe Hilfen") were likewise involved in the development.
What are the functions of the app?
Morys-Wortmann: It contains informative texts pertaining to pregnancy and childbirth and other related information targeting finances and required documents, for example. The app was developed to facilitate multiple languages, which is a key advantage. All texts are available in German, English, French, Persian and Ukrainian and are also accessible as audio files. These resources comply with care guidelines, are verified and easy to understand.
All texts are linked to respective information pertaining to local points of contact. The app includes midwives, medical practices, and counseling centers within the community such as "Early-Aid-System" resources. The texts are itemized by specific topics.
The app also includes a secure chat feature, which pertains to both video and text chats. The feature is based on "matrix chat", which is also applied in the telematics infrastructure and is approved for healthcare data exchange. The informational texts can be embedded right into the chat and are automatically displayed in the selected target language. This allows midwives and other experts to obtain a technically reliable and fast translation.