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Delivering a baby? There's an app for that!

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) -

Delivering a baby?

Well, there's an app for that at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington.

It's the first Heartland hospital to use an app called AirStrip OB.

The app allows obstetricians to see a baby's heart beat in the palm of their hand, no matter where the doctor is.

"That helps me evaluate all of my patients at all times, 24-7," said obstetrician, Dr. Robert Harris.

The app connects the doctors phone to hospital monitors, allowing Dr. Harris to see heart rate, contractions, vitals and any other important updates, right when they're happening.

"If a patient arrives in labor I can find out all the details virtually instantly," Dr. Harris said.

He added it allows him and his nurses to communicate as if he was in the room. They can then proceed with the best care possible even more quickly.

"Just the other day they called me and had a patient in labor with a little bit of a concern," Dr. Harris said. "Instantly I looked at the AirStrip and we were able to determine the next best course of action directly," he added.

Mineral Area CEO, Jeannette Skinner, says that's critical but it can also provide another level of care not usually available in this area.

We also have the ability to push this out and give access to consulting physicians to also collaborate in the care which is important when either you have a high risk pregnancy or complications," Skinner said.

"Never before have we been able to do this."

And that's comfort for doctor and mom.

It certainly makes my patients feel more comfortable and it makes me feel more comfortable," Dr. Skinner said.

And expectant mom, Chelsea Estep, agrees.

"Just to know that he can check on me any time, or if there's any question or any worries he can check right away that I don't have to wait for him to get here," she said.

The" Airstrip OB" app is free to all expectant mothers delivering at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center.

According to the company, there is no other app like it available in the U.S. or elsewhere.

AirStrip OB is cleared by the FDA and complies with federal patient privacy requirements.

CEO, Jeannette Skinner, brought the technology to the area and hopes to expand it to provide the same care for cardiac patients next year.

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