MedicLink delivers software to monitor child birth

  • Technology
  • Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010

CYBERJAYA: MSC Malaysia status-healthcare informatics company MedicLink Systems (M) Sdn Bhd has developed a software for hospitals to monitor women giving birth in labour rooms.

Its managing director, Prem Raghavan, said there is a need for such software due to the possible complications of pregnancy and childbirth, which can cause harm to mother or baby.

He said the homegrown ObsCentral software offers more vigilant monitoring of patients in labour, without the need for any paper records whatsoever.

Too many hospitals currently rely on paper-based clinical records as the primary source of a patient’s medical and demographic information. These paper-based systems are inefficient because the patient records can be misplaced or destroyed.

Prem claims ObsCentral is better in that respect. “Since everything is digitised, there’s no need to (maintain or) search a room full of old paper files,” he said.

ObsCentral is interfaced with the foetal maternal monitors that feed all relevant data to the system, including foetal heart rate and contractions during labour.

With this, both baby and mother are under surveillance during the entire labour process, giving more accurate and timely patient and clinical information.

The software also alerts the obstetrician whenever there are risk factors, such as a previous caesarean.

In addition to that, Prem said, the software gives doctors a bird’s eye view of the conditions of all the patients in the maternity room, which can number as high as 15 at one time.

Eight software engineers developed ObsCentral at the MedicLink Systems office in Cyberjaya over the past three years. It cost RM1.5mil to develop.

Prem said the software has been installed in five hospitals in the country; Hospital Terendak, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, University Malaya Medical Centre and is being implemented at the UKM Medical Centre.

He said ObsCentral packaged with workstations, servers, customised network and implementation is priced at RM500,000 and that the company hopes to push it to more hospitals nationwide, as well as to export it.

“There are foreign solutions that offer centralised monitoring of labour patients but none that have a comprehensive digital documentation built in,” Prem said.

MedicLink also unveiled another software — ObsLink — during the recent 20th Malaysian Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Kuala Lumpur.

This product assists clinics to manage ante-natal care data including ultrasound scans and is integrated to Hospital Information Systems.

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