With a vision for a world where no woman or newborn dies during pregnancy, delivery or postpartum, Indian healthcare startup Janitri developed KEYAR, an affordable and easy to use maternal and fetal heart health and uterine contraction monitoring device. This portable device allows for early detection of fetal distress and is made for use in low resource healthcare settings, where cesarean facilities are typically not available. As a key tool to prevent neonatal mortality and morbidity, KEYAR is non-invasive, and allows the mother to keep her full range of motion, a vital part of maternal wellbeing.
The device communicates with a corresponding mobile application also developed by Janitri, DAKSH, an intrapartum monitoring mobile application for automated partograph generation. DAKSH allows the nurse or medical professional to register and enter the vital signs of the pregnant woman. The app reminds the nurse to monitor the labour vitals, as per the standard WHO intrapartum protocol. It also generates alerts in case of complications, based on an integrated algorithm.
As more than 80 percent of the 27 million deliveries in India each year are happening in low resource settings, KEYAR is primarily designed to address the need of real time and continuous monitoring in these types of environments.