Technology and teamwork helping moms-to-be

Improving healthcare in rural Padang.

One of the biggest challenges for the Indonesian healthcare system is high maternal mortality in mothers-to-be.

Padang is an area that suffers from this high rate. Due to the remoteness of the villages in this region, most young mothers-to-be live a long way from health clinics. This makes it difficult for them to receive the kind of healthcare and support they so desperately need. The result is that this region has one of the highest rates of maternal and fetal mortality in the country.


To help provide better healthcare, the solution was to use a piece of technology that around 96% of the world’s population has access to – a mobile phone – and a brand new scalable telehealth platform.

We have used our expertise and technology to empower midwives and mothers in remote places to receive better quality healthcare."


Suryo Suwignjo

President Director, Philips Indonesia

In conjunction with the Indonesian Reproductive Science Institution (IRSI) under PT Bundamedik, the city government of Padang and the Ministry of Health, Philips launched a pilot project called MOM (Mobile Obstetrical Monitoring). It enabled pregnant women to be monitored remotely so that those at high risk can be identified as early as possible.

Midwives visit the mothers-to-be in their homes where they take measurements including blood sugar and blood pressure levels and check for fetal movement. All the results are fed into the MOM app on their mobile phone so that obstetricians and gynecologists based in hospitals or clinics can monitor them.

In the first three months of the pilot, over 60 of the almost 500 soon-to-be-mothers have been identified as having a high-risk pregnancy. MOM is part of the ongoing “Philips Innovation for Healthier Indonesia” program which focuses on mother and child care.

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