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Designing an IT Ecosystem for Pregnancy Care Management Based on Pervasive Technologies

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Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Novi Sad, Clinical Center of Vojvodina, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
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Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Healthcare 2021, 9(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010012
Received: 29 November 2020 / Revised: 13 December 2020 / Accepted: 18 December 2020 / Published: 24 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Maternal and Child Health: Advances in Translational Research)
Pregnancy care is a topic of interest for both academia and practitioners. Novel pervasive technologies and applications, such as mobile technologies, wearables and IoT, open a wide corpus of possibilities for fostering pregnancy care management, and reducing risks and problems, improving communication among stakeholders and society development. This article introduces a model of a pregnancy care IT ecosystem based on the integration of various services in a semantically enriched e-health ecosystem. As proof of concept, both the web and mobile applications that aim to help pregnant women and gynaecologists were designed and employed in a real environment. An evaluation of the developed ecosystem was performed on a sample of 500 pregnant women and 100 doctors. After pilot usage, a survey was used to collect the data from participants, and assess the acceptance of the developed system. Results show that quality, usability and usefulness are on a high level, and that both pregnant women and doctors are ready for more extensive use of the system. In addition, research findings imply that employing pervasive technologies could bring significant benefits to all the parties in pregnancy care systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: IT ecosystem; pregnancy care; e-health; smart healthcare; mobile technologies; ontologies IT ecosystem; pregnancy care; e-health; smart healthcare; mobile technologies; ontologies
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Bjelica, D.; Bjelica, A.; Despotović-Zrakić, M.; Radenković, B.; Barać, D.; Đogatović, M. Designing an IT Ecosystem for Pregnancy Care Management Based on Pervasive Technologies. Healthcare 2021, 9, 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010012

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Bjelica D, Bjelica A, Despotović-Zrakić M, Radenković B, Barać D, Đogatović M. Designing an IT Ecosystem for Pregnancy Care Management Based on Pervasive Technologies. Healthcare. 2021; 9(1):12. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010012

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Bjelica, Daniel, Artur Bjelica, Marijana Despotović-Zrakić, Božidar Radenković, Dušan Barać, and Marko Đogatović. 2021. "Designing an IT Ecosystem for Pregnancy Care Management Based on Pervasive Technologies" Healthcare 9, no. 1: 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010012

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