Currently Innovative Software Engineering has been been working with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing to develop a mobile app to provide support and information to pregnant women and their families experiencing major complications during pregnancy. The project, called Preparing Heart and Mind, will feature evidence-based content developed through research conducted by Dr. Anne McKechnie, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Karen Pridham, Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, as well as other relevant sources.
The app is currently in the early stages of development, with an initial focus on women and their caregiving partners who learn of a fetal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease (CCHD), a common, major birth defect and chronic condition.
The team is focused on making a positive difference for:
- A woman and her caregiving partner as they manage the distress and increased demands related to an unexpected pregnancy outcome.
- The health care provider’s patient- and family-centered practices.
- Maternal and fetal/infant health during a developmentally sensitive time.
The Preparing Heart and Mind project is currently funded with a seed grant from MN-REACH, a joint effort between the University of Minnesota and the National Institutes of Health, to fund health care projects with commercial potential.