Mobile Baby is a mobile medical imaging service that allows “ultrasound stills, 3D images, and video clips to be sent directly from an ultrasound machine to a mobile device.” Mobile Baby can be used with any ultrasound machine via MMS, and email. It will first be offered to Mobily (see below) subscribers.
Mobily, Great Connections, and Qualcomm Health Management Services came together to create this m-health application. Khalid Al Kaf, Chief Executive Officer at Mobily, said,
“The high adoption of mobile technology in Saudi Arabia provides a direct and wide-reaching platform for applications that promote health and welfare across the Kingdom. The Mobile Baby service is available today, and we look forward to growing our relationship with Great Connection and other application developers to bring more m-health applications to market in the future.”
With Mobile Baby, teams of specialists and doctors can be involved in assisting local doctors diagnose and possibly even treat complications that might be seen in the field. If caught early enough, it may be possible to coordinate travel for a baby or mother who has been stricken with a complication that is beyond what local health services can handle. Åsa Nordgren, CEO, Great Connection Inc. says, “Sometimes, there are complications that require a second opinion from a specialist. With Mobile Baby, these sonograms can be received anywhere in the world within seconds, whether by family and friends or medical practitioners. We intend the application to promote better pre-natal care to even the most remote areas, and we are proud to be pioneering this area of wireless health with Mobily in Saudi Arabia.”
As mobile technology continues to penetrate deeper into both developed and developing countries services and applications such as these will most likely proliferate. In the case of underdeveloped countries, mobile technology takes an even more important role in the healthcare field. Without the necessary deployment of wired telephony or wired internet, the ability to harness m-health applications and services empowers many of the most desperate situations. On the African continent wireless technology is really the only cost effective means of building out communications systems.
Thousands used to die because they didn’t have a land line to call a doctor on, but now a cellphone explosion is making life safer and more fun. Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg reports for the Sunday Herald. ”Ten years ago there were just four million landline telephones in South Africa. It had taken the best part of a century, at a huge cost and effort, to provide them – but only 1% of black people owned phones. Countless thousands of people died because they could not phone a doctor…” source
Recently my fiancée and I had a very strong interest in the ability to share my ultrasound images and videos. We were expecting our first child on April 3 2011. (He was born early – he’s healthy). When we sat down for our two ultrasounds we were told that cellphones were not allowed. Had I known this I would have brought my camera, but I was not aware of this for the first visit. I had intended on taking video of the ultrasound as well as grabbing a number of stills to share when we got out. The stills were not a problem because they print out stills; unfortunately there is no video of the first ultrasound that we had. Having the ability to easily share the ultrasound data to whomever we choose would have been a welcome option.
About the companies:
Mobily – Mobily is the fastest growing mobile communications and technology provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Great Connection – Great Connection AB (the Swedish Inc) was founded in Sweden in late December 2007. Great Connection Inc. – During the spring of 2010 Great Connection Inc was founded and headquartered in San Diego USA and acquired the Swedish entity. The company is now formally ready to enter the US market and beyond.
Qualcomm Health Management – By working with companies that represent industries atypical of its traditional partners—medical device manufacturers, health information technology enterprises, pharmaceutical corporations, and clinical trial firms—Qualcomm is enabling a new “personal health performance” market
Mobily Launches Mobile Baby™ Service for Transmitting Sonograms to Subscribers’ Mobile Phones Mobily is the first mobile operator worldwide enabling parents to receive and send ultrasound scans wirelessly to their friends, family and loved ones.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. & RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — February 9, 2022 — Saudi Arabian
telecommunications company Mobily and Great Connection Inc., creator of the innovative Mobile Baby™ service, announced the launch of the first mobile medical imaging service that enables ultrasound stills, 3D images and video clips to be sent directly from an ultrasound machine to a mobile device. Mobile Baby™ is a new service offered to Mobily network subscribers, as well as a pioneering initiative to enhance pre-natal healthcare through immediate availability and low-cost transmission of high-quality images and video clips from the womb.
Mobily is the first mobile operator to make the pioneering Mobile Baby mobile health (m-health) service available to subscribers. The application is compatible with any ultrasound machine and enables high-quality, 2D and 3D images and video to be delivered to any mobile device via MMS and email. In addition to offering a new and enticing service so that parents-to-be can share images with family and friends, this application will also enable doctors and specialists to analyze sonograms within seconds, from wherever they are in the world.
Khalid Al Kaf, Chief Executive Officer at Mobily, said, “The high adoption of mobile technology in Saudi Arabia provides a direct and wide-reaching platform for applications that promote health and welfare across the Kingdom. The Mobile Baby service is available today, and we look forward to growing our relationship with Great Connection and other application developers to bring more m-health applications to market in the future.” “Approximately 153 billion ultrasound images are taken every year worldwide, and many of these parents-to-be want to share the pictures and video with loved ones,” said Åsa Nordgren, CEO, Great Connection Inc. “Sometimes, there are complications that require a second opinion from a specialist. With Mobile Baby, these sonograms can be received anywhere in the world within seconds, whether by family and friends or medical practitioners. We intend the application to promote better pre-natal care to even the most remote areas, and we are proud to be pioneering this area of wireless health with Mobily in Saudi Arabia. By the end of the year, we plan to make Mobile Baby available in many more countries, as well as introduce more m-health innovation from our company.”
Mobily and Great Connection have collaborated to introduce Mobile Baby with facilitation from Qualcomm Incorporated. A leading developer and innovator of wireless technologies and services, Qualcomm is working with a diverse ecosystem of companies worldwide, including Great Connection and Mobily in Saudi Arabia, to promote health monitoring and diagnosis services over wireless networks and using smartphone applications.
“Mobile Baby exemplifies the type of next-generation services that improve the quality of life and integrate into daily critical activities,” said Jihad Srage, Qualcomm’s Vice President and President, Middle East and Africa. “Qualcomm is developing a dynamic regional ecosystem that can bring innovative wireless health services to market. In providing this service to Saudi consumers, Mobily and Great Connection have made a significant achievement.”
The Mobile Baby application by Great Connection was first introduced in May 2009 with Mama Mia, Scandinavia’s largest private women’s and child health service provider. It will be showcased as a mobile application in association with Mobily at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain