SMART Diaphragm: A Health Economics Outcome Model and Clinical Pilot Study of a Novel Device to Reduce the Global Incidence of Preterm Birth

Investigator: Larry Rand, MD
Sponsor: Vodafone Americas Foundation

Location(s): United States


The SMART Diaphragm is a wireless monitoring and early warning system for high-risk pregnancies that can be cheaply and easily administered by a patient. Around the world, one in ten babies are born prematurely, leading to death and lifelong disabilities. Pre-term labor, however, is often preventable or can be delayed with early detection and treatment. The SMART Diaphragm detects decreasing levels of collagen in the cervix—an indicator of impending pre-term labor—with results transmitted to a cloud database monitored by physicians.