BUNBURY Regional Hospital will be the first in the region to introduce a new foetal monitoring system as part of funding from the state government.
The $4.2 million, K2 Infant Guardian System uses artificial intelligence to support clinical review of foetal heart rate patterns.
The system is expected to improve patient involvement in the management of care, offer greater privacy and fewer intrusions in the birth suite during labour with the foetal heart pattern also able to be safely monitored remotely, and create a more efficient discharge process with data being readily available and remotely accessible.
Minister for Health Roger Cook said the new technology would put the patient experience at the forefront of clinical care.
"This revolutionary system ensures the mother is included in the review and decision-making process throughout her pregnancy and birthing journey, which we know plays a big part in improving foetal wellbeing," Mr Cook said.
"Providing this type of digital support for clinical decision-making is critical in achieving our goal of providing high value, innovative healthcare to all Western Australians."
The Western Australian Country Health Service medical, nursing and midwifery staff across regional Western Australia will undergo full training in the system, which does not require a sonographer to operate.
The K2 Infant Guardian System is set to rollout to all Western Australian Country Health Service maternity sites by 2022.