Maternal Health In the U.S – A Mounting Crisis
Among the many maternal health challenges facing the U.S., are high-risk pregnancies, barriers to proper care, gaps in the prenatal to postnatal care cycle, and glaring disparities in mortality and morbidity rates among key populations. These issues are further exacerbated by a continued shortage in resources and a siloed approach to maternity care that leaves patient populations increasingly vulnerable. Recent advancements in technology and telehealth protocols have the potential to transform traditional maternity care. With proper integration, virtual care can start immediately addressing the leading factors in maternal deaths as identified by the CDC, including: clinician, facility and system factors, such as inadequate training, missed or delayed diagnosis of complications, poor communication and a lack of coordination between clinicians.
As we conducted research to bring together the ideas and concepts for this white paper, our team pulled information from recent healthcare news, and interviewed a series of telehealth specialists, maternity care providers, and real stories from women who recently experienced high-risk pregnancies. As a telehealth solution provider, we are actively looking for ways to increase access to care, improve patient outcomes, manage healthcare costs and address gaps that have long created barriers in healthcare. Together we have created the potential for solutions that can almost immediately address the challenges facing present and future families in the U.S.
Augmenting Traditional Maternity Care with Virtual Care
- Close gaps in the care cycle from prenatal to postnatal and newborn care.
- Increase collaboration between healthcare providers to help identify and mitigate high-risk pregnancy conditions.
- Streamline provider collaboration while reducing cost of care for patients and providers.