Health informatics isn’t limited to improving efficiencies in healthcare. Health technologies are also being used in research initiatives that are saving lives. One trend that the medical community is trying to reverse is infant mortality, and technology has proven to be an important tool in these efforts. Researchers, technology companies and doctors are working together on tools that can lower infant mortality rates and keep babies healthy. Below are some of those tools that use health informatics in an attempt to reduce infant mortality.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Case Registry
The purpose of this registry is to improve the ability of states to monitor and recognize trends of infant mortality by sudden death by improving data completeness and case ascertainment. This registry will hopefully enable a better understanding of the events that lead to SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) .
The SUID Case Registry objectives include monitoring the incidences of different types of SUID, describing demographic and environmental factors associated with different types of SUID, guiding interventions to potentially save lives and coming up with standard definitions associated with SUID.
As a resource for understanding infant deaths, the registry provides comprehensive information regarding the circumstances that lead to infant deaths. By studying the data, health informatics specialists could identify trends and make recommendations that could lower SUID rates.
Text4Baby is an app that helps mothers get critical health and safety information about their infant. Interactive features help new mothers understand the health of their infant through medical updates, quizzes and growth charts . This app also allows mothers to set up reminders for doctor appointments and watch videos about important health and safety topics.
Infant Safe Sleeping Campaign
A goal of the SUID Case Registry, to determine, monitor and outline risk factors in an effort to contribute to targeted prevention strategies, can be helped along by health informatics. One example of targeted prevention is The Infant Safe Sleeping Campaign, which attempts to raise awareness about safe sleeping practices for infants. The campaign offers caregivers information about the dangers of unsafe sleeping practices and provides resources for new mothers .
Health informatics can illuminate information that can save the lives of infants. From safe sleeping advice based on information gathered about infant mortalities to smartphone apps that help new mothers, technology can help keep babies healthy. By creating registries that collect information and disseminate it as a resource for understanding infant deaths, we may be able to prevent future potential problems.