CONNECTING LABOR TO DELIVERY
Beacon ensures no childbirth is left unattended
Women in labor face three delays in ensuring a positive outcome to delivery:*
1. DELAYS IN DECIDING TO SEEK CARE
2. DELAYS IN ACCESSING TRANSPORT
3. DELAYS IN RECEIVING ADEQUATE CARE
Beacon provides end-to-end coordination of formal and/or informal emergency resources to mitigate each delay:
Deciding to seek care is an easier choice when help is just a phone call away. Using Beacon, communities can create a universally-accessible method to report childbirths and other obstetric emergencies. Beacon then coordinates and dispatches existing emergency resources, like midwives or proper transportation.
Arriving at a health facility is more likely to happen when available vehicles can be notified as soon as they’re needed. Beacon allows any type of transport to be dispatched by sending text messages to coordinate resources, helping women find and access transport to a healthcare facility when minutes count.
Receiving adequate care is more likely to happen if trained professionals are notified as soon as they’re needed. If it’s too late to transport a woman in labor to a facility, Beacon can coordinate midwives or other trained healthcare professionals to bring quality care to the scene when all else fails.
*Thaddeus S, Maine D: “Too far to walk: maternal mortality in context.” Soc Sci Med. 1994;38(8):1091-110.
HOW IT WORKS
LABOR AND DELIVERY
The decision to seek care for a complicated childbirth is made.
The patient or bystander calls the designated emergency number to request assistance.
A dispatcher takes the patient’s information and sends it out through Beacon as a text message to all available responders and vehicles.
Beacon selects the nearest and most appropriate resources from those confirming their availability to help and instructs them to proceed to location.
When transport has been determined and the appropriate destination selected, advanced notification is sent to the receiving facility indicating transport status and arrival updates.
The patient is transferred to an appropriate facility where adequate care is possible.
- Low-tech set-up — A single internet connected-device is required to launch
- Universal accessibility — Can be used on any mobile phone, whether smartphone or feature phone, with or without internet connectivity
- Easy-to-use interface — Text message interactions require minimal input, are easily followed, and are predictable; Admin and Dispatch interface is intuitive and accessible on any device
- Automated control – After creating the initial alert, all resource coordination is automated, eliminating the need for dispatchers to micromanage individual resources
- Low-maintenance operations — No need to download apps or worry about updates; just register the Responder’s mobile phone number and they’re ready to go
- Modular architecture for easy customization — Beacon v2.0 has been re-built using a modular architecture to enable custom changes to message content and response sequence workflow
- Remote access or local installation — The Beacon platform is open source and freely available. However, not everyone has software programmers on staff, so we can make Beacon available to you at a nominal cost via access to our remote servers. For installation on local servers, we’re also available to discuss more
Maternal & Child Health Features:
- Advanced Notifications — Allows for communication between those transporting and receiving facilities by sending status to updates at programmable intervals/checkpoints
- Multiple Destinations — Allows for inclusion and designation of multiple sending and receiving facilities
- Hospital Bypass — Functionality to track bed availability and hospital bypass status via web admin pages