Philips and ministry unveil portable ultrasound gadget

Philips Africa CEO, Jasper Westerink.
Philips Africa CEO, Jasper Westerink. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU  

Healthcare technology firm Philips Africa, has partnered with Ministry of Health to launch a portable ultrasound device for use by doctors in rural area charged with care of expectant women.

Lumify ultrasound, an app-based machine, is portable and uses 3G-internet to operates from a compatible smart device.

The hand-held machine will help the medics see high-quality images of the unborn babies on smartphones, enabling them to easily detect any abnormalities and administer required care.

“Lumify’s unique combination of connectivity, simplicity, portability and flexibility enables clinicians to perform ultra-sound tests across various settings, from cardiology suites to the under-resourced semi-urban and rural areas,” Philips Africa CEO, Jasper Westerink said on Thursday.

Mr Westerink expressed optimism that it would assist the government to reduce maternal deaths which currently stand at about 500 for every 100,000 live births, according to a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The device will cost at least Sh800,000 ($8,000).