Simulated Electronic Fetal Monitor iOS App from University of Tennessee

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Designed by Xueping Li of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, the Simulated Electronic Fetal Monitor App enables iOS users to design, view and share fetal heart rate and contraction charts and learn the basics of Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) in a fun and intuitive way. The app promises to “make learning a much richer experience by supplementing instruction with demonstration, whether:

  • In a classroom, by yourself or under the guidance of the instructor from their iPad
  • In a simulated learning environment, using standardized patients, or
  • A home, from the comfort of your couch!

EFM is a real-time monitoring system that works with iPad Air and above and is used in obstetric settings during the labor and birth process, which displays fetal heart rates and maternal contractions (if present). Based on the chart patterns, healthcare professionals (nurses, doctors, etc.) assess the health of the fetus and identify if and when the baby is in distress and take corrective actions accordingly.

With over 28,000 fetal monitors in use today in the United States alone, there exists a substantial demand for professionals trained to read and interpret EFM. Unfortunately, didactic instruction can be listless and immutable, and hands-on-experience can only be either via live patients in hospitals or expensive medical mannikins.


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Our app is a fun and inexpensive way to supplement classroom lectures or simulations using standardized patients.

Get the Student Version for $4.99.
– Learn at your pace, by generating and saving simulations on your iPad
– Participate in group simulations by receiving simulations from other devices

Get the Instructor Version (in-app purchase) for $24.99.
– Use advanced parameters to further tune the charts
– Broadcast simulations to other devices (via Bluetooth) and guide students in interpreting what they see

Learn more on the UTRF website or the App’s Apple homepage!


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