Award for Early Moves project: Detecting Abnormalities in Premature Babies

Early Moves, a project that uses AI to detect early predictive movement patterns in vulnerable preterm babies, has won the Computable Award 2023 in the category ‘Healthcare Project.’ The project is a collaboration of the NeoLifeS cohort and Neolook Solutions.

Out of 47 healthcare candidates, Early Moves came in at the first place - with both the winning jury score and the winning public vote. 

Early detection

Every year, 80 to 120 premature babies are admitted to the UMCG. For these babies, periodic check-ups are essential. Premature babies are often at increased risk of various problems with growth, movement and development. Thanks to the Early Moves project, it can be determined as early as three months whether a baby is developing normally or whether there are possible abnormalities. Video images are collected and analysed at the UMCG, using AI and recording equipment developed by Neolook Solutions. With just a few minutes of video, researchers can determine whether there are normal or abnormal movement patterns and whether further investigation is needed. 

NeoLifeS and Neolook Solutions: a valuable collaboration 

Neolook Solutions develops video augmented services for intensive cares for neonatology and paediatrics. It supports NeoLifeS with the development and expansion of the used movement analysis of which is internationally known as the General Movement Assessment (GMA) and is used in the Early Moves project. 

NeoLifeS aims to identify problems and risk factors in an early stage to improve the care for premature babies and monitors their development throughout their childhood. The cohort collects data on various health and developmental aspects of preterm babies, including brain, lung, eye, respiration, gastrointestinal system, infections, placenta, and maternal and child pregnancy data.  

Computable Awards 

Computable is a major Dutch platform for ICT professionals, with daily ICT news, analysis and columns. The platform was founded in 1968. Every year, Computable presents awards to organisations, projects, social innovations and individuals who have distinguished themselves significantly in the past year.