Kali Healthcare – Revolutionising pregnancy monitoring

We believe Kali Healthcare has the potential to create a significant and positive impact on the lives of expecting parents, clinicians, and the healthcare industry.

UNICEF estimates that about two million babies are stillborn every year. This devastating number could be prevented with better monitoring and access to obstetric care. Here’s how we used technology to bridge the gap and create an accessible and reliable pregnancy monitoring solution.

A heartfelt mission

Pioneering start-up from the University of Melbourne, Kali Healthcare, reached out to DEPT® to help develop a groundbreaking wearable AI-powered platform for safe and accurate pregnancy monitoring. The challenge was to replace existing ultrasound technology currently used in hospitals, which relies on time-consuming in-person monitoring and is inconvenient for clinicians and pregnant women. The Kali technology comprises a small wearable device, a smartphone application, and a web portal that is simple to use. It opens the possibility of monitoring at home during telehealth consults, empowering both clinicians and expecting parents. 

Pioneering solutions, seamless integration in line with medical device standards

The DEPT® team and Kali Healthcare set to work on a focused approach in delivering a purpose-driven product for expectant mothers who require monitoring, while also streamlining the workflow for the healthcare professionals who support them. The core idea centred on developing a platform that provides accurate data and prioritises reassurance, comfort, and convenience. Following the design principles of trusting & friendly, guiding and simple were defined as the North Star for the team’s decision-making process. DEPT®’s ISO 13485 certification was critical to Kali Healthcare’s journey to commercial readiness. DEPT® developed all systems and documentation in line with these requirements, so the product is perfectly poised to take the next steps to commercial launch.

Transforming Pregnancy Monitoring

Technologically, DEPT® embraced Kali’s innovative requirements by harnessing IoT design and AI to create a monitoring system with capabilities for real-time data analytics. This was supported by the partnership with Kali Healthcare’s co-founders—Dr. Emerson Keenan, Professor Marimuthu Palaniswami, and Associate Professor Fiona Brownfoot who spun out the technology from the University of Melbourne — led to the creation of a healthcare platform with significant potential for impact. This collaboration not only addresses a critical healthcare issue but also sets the stage for a future where remote and disadvantaged communities can receive the same level of pregnancy care as provided in metropolitan areas.

Empowering maternal healthcare

Overcoming these challenges, DEPT®’s solution positions Kali Healthcare to become a leader in the industry, differentiating itself through the device’s ability to provide reliable information on maternal and fetal wellbeing in a wearable form-factor.

Kali Healthcare’s journey, supported by DEPT®, exemplifies the seamless integration of research, business expertise, and cutting-edge technology. This collaboration not only addresses a critical healthcare issue but also sets the stage for a future where remote and disadvantaged communities can receive the same level of pregnancy care as provided in metropolitan areas.

  • 62% of pregnancies are at high risk for unexpected complications (Danilack et al. 2015)
  •  36% of U.S counties lack obstetrician care, also known as maternity care deserts (March of Dimes 2022)
  • Telemonitoring during pregnancy can improve patient satisfaction and reduce cost of care (Bekker et al. 2023)

The strength of the DEPT® team was in developing a user friendly, performance optimised system, that also was compliant with ISO13485 and medical device standards. It is rare to find a partner who can deliver on all these objectives.

Emerson Keenan, CEO & CTO, Kali Healthcare