Newborn Foundation Presents at 13th Design of Medical Devices Conference on Innovation for Developing Nations : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

Bookmark and Share

Newborn Foundation Presents at 13th Design of Medical Devices Conference on Innovation for Developing Nations

April 10, 2014

Newborn Foundation Presents at 13th Design of Medical Devices Conference on Innovation for Developing Nations

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (RPRN) 04/10/14 — - Newborn Foundation co-founder and chairman Annamarie Saarinen today presented at the 13th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, ( taking place April 7-10 in Minneapolis. The meeting is among the world's largest medical device innovation conferences and provides a national forum to bring together world-class medical device designers, researchers, manufacturers and the public sector to share perspectives and innovations in medical device design.

The session, Devices for Developing Nations: Examples of Low Cost, High Impact Projects from Pediatric & Adult Medicine, was convened by Gwyneth Fischer, MD, Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Minnesota and featured three keynote presenters focused on device innovations for young patients in low-resource settings – including bubble CPAP, mobile stethascope screening, and neonatal pulse oximetry screening.

Saarinen presented on the BORN Project - Birth Oximetry Routine for Newborns – the first global health initiative to reduce infant deaths through earlier detection of neonatal sepsis, pnuemonia, infections, pulmonary hypertension and asymptomatic congenital heart defects through access to mobile-enabled pulse oximetry technology that effectively measures blood-oxygen levels in newborns. A lynchpin of the BORN project has been the development of mobile device compatible pulse oximetry technology, developed by industry partner Masimo, which provides measurements specifically valid during patient motion and low perfusion, both common in newborns.

In the session, Saarinen explained how the Newborn Foundation’s efforts started with parent advocacy and pulse oximetry pilot studies to advance a simple, low-cost screening to help detect heart problems in newborns – and has since become a global health initiative that has the opportunity to reduce preventable

Newborn Foundation Presents at 13th Design of Medical Devices Conference on Innovation for Developing Nations
newborn deaths by more than one-third. 

“It was a privilege to share the story of how non-profits, industry and international governments can collaborate to find scalable, affordable solutions to global health issues. My own daughter Eve, survived 2 heart surgeries afte being diagnosed with the critical heart defects just prior to hospital discharge,” said Annamarie Saarinen, co-founder and chairman of the Newborn Foundation. “Eve’s journey became a catalyst to ensure newborns are diagnosed for serious health conditions in a timely fashion – including those that can be effectively addresses with oxygen therapy or a course of antibiotics. No child, regardless of geography or economy, should die a preventable death when early detection and treatments are within our reach.”

Globally, nearly 4 million newborns die within the first month of life, with neonatal infection, sepsis, pneumonia representing up to one-third of those deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The BORN Project was developed to leverage with clinical studies have shown – that timely pulse oximetry screening can help reduce neonatal mortality, a critical Millennium Development Goal. Formally launched as a pilot in China, The BORN Project will be providing education, training, clinical and public health data to demonstrate the sensitivity and efficacy of mobile-device enabled pulse oximetry screening for newborns.

About The Newborn Foundation

The Newborn Foundation is an international non-profit working specifically to leverage health IT and medical technologies to improve access and outcomes while reducing disparities for newborns. The organization has been integral in the policy development, adoption and implementation of technologies for early detection, intervention and care of the youngest patients, including universal newborn heart screening as a public health initiative.


Media Contact Name: Jing Zhang
Media Phone: 651-414-1095
Media Web Address:
Main image credits: Newborn Foundation
Click here to see all news from this author/company


RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at / Anne Howard

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.


Fuzion International Launches Menswear Collection in San Francisco for the Elevated Spirit

SAN FRANCISCO 11/27/15 · — Fuzion International, a San Francisco-based elevated “lifestyle...

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: PR Coupon available! Valid 4 days only!

San Francisco 11/27/15 · BLACK FRIDAY PR valid until Tuesday, December 5...

Fuzion International thrilled to be a part of CFC 1

SAN FRANCISCO 11/25/15 · What an awesome fighting event. Fuzion International, a San...

The African-American Dating Experience

Austin, TX 11/24/15 · New book Chronicles The African American Dating Experience…And...

The eWheel Adventure Begins! Self Balancing Scooter Market Explodes

ATLANTA, GA 11/15/15 · From the Hover-board to the eWheel the self-balancing...

GreenRoad Releases Next Generation of its Mobile Application

Austin, TX 11/11/15 · GreenRoad Releases the Next Generation of its Mobile...

Fuzion International Coming to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO 11/10/15 · Come and meet lifestyle brand designer Lucas Molo...

Popular New Service Enables Customers to Order a Christmas Tree Online

New Brunswick, Canada 11/10/15 · The pace of modern living means we don't...

Hilltop Christmas Tree Farms Launches Modern Delivery Service

New Brunswick, MA 11/07/15 · Hilltop Christmas Tree Farms has launched a new...

New Service Delivers Fresh Christmas Trees to Hot Texas Homes

TEXAS 11/06/15 · It’s not always easy to fill a home...

Georgia Rapper Young Kuntry Release New Video/Single/LP

Atlanta, Ga 11/06/15 · Young Kuntry, one of Georgia most popular upcoming...

Digital Traffic Systems Awarded Contract in Ohio for Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) Maintenance

RICHMOND, VA 11/04/15 · Digital Traffic Systems, Inc. ( has been awarded...

Welcome to the World’s most Supercharged Messenger Bag for Commuters

London, UK 11/03/15 · The ability to charge a smartphone or iPad...

SEC Adopts Rules to Permit Crowdfunding

Washington D.C 10/30/15 · Proposes Amendments to Existing Rules to Facilitate Intrastate...