Smart Diaphragm

Newborn holding an adult finger

University of California, San Francisco

Team members: Larry Rand, MD; Mozziyar Etemadi, MS; Shuvo Roy, PhD

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.

In addition to the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project™ prize, as the winner of the mHealth Alliance Award, SMART Diaphragm also will receive prizes worth $50,000, including strategic and networking assistance from the mHealth Alliance.

Winner Badge - Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project

Meet the Winners

  • Ramesh Raskar: NETRA team member
  • David Schafran: NETRA team member
  • Larry Rand: Smart Diaphragm team member
  • Mozziyar Etemadi: Smart Diaphragm team member
  • Aya Caldwell: Cool Comply team member
  • Anna Young: Cool Comply team member
  • Kristian Olson: Cool Comply team member
Wireless Innovation Project winners’ trophy: colorful basket woven from phone wire
Photo: Bridge for Africa

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