Use of ultrasound and mHealth to improve perinatal outcomes in low and middle income countries

Semin Perinatol. 2019 Aug;43(5):267-272. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2019.03.016. Epub 2019 Mar 16.


The explosion of mobile health and portable obstetric ultrasound interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) reflects the optimism that technology can help reduce persistently high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in these settings. While these technology-driven interventions have had success in improving aspects of antenatal and perinatal care, they have not clearly demonstrated reductions in mortality. The expanding synergy between mobile health (mHealth) and ultrasound technology shows promise to enhance care, but it will likely take combining these technological advances with system-wide approaches that also address referral patterns and infrastructure barriers to improve outcomes.

Keywords: LMIC; Outcomes; Perinatal; Ultrasound; mHealth.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Developing Countries
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Perinatal Care* / statistics & numerical data
  • Pregnancy
  • Telemedicine* / statistics & numerical data
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*