Improving Maternal Care for Providers and Patients with Telehealth
Nearly 4 million babies are born every year in the United States and in the vast majority of cases, mother and baby are healthy. However, pregnancy is not without risk. Pregnancy complications with preeclampsia (19%) and gestational diabetes (16.6%) are not uncommon and mothers over the age of 35 are at higher risk of complications.
Studies show patients value at-home monitoring, as it allows mothers to actively participate in their care and promotes self-efficacy. For higher risk patients, at- home monitoring of blood sugar may allow for telehealth visits in lieu of in-person visits and increase patient satisfaction. A review of seven studies found the use of telemedicine for blood sugar monitoring was as effective as standard care in achieving glucose control in pregnancy.
Caring for all Degrees of Maternal Health Risk
National guidelines recommend12 – 14 prenatal visits. There are certain appointment activities requiring in-person visits, such as labs, ultrasounds, and physical examinations. Other appointments, which place a burden on rural and certain populations as well as saturate clinic schedules, can be conducted using telehealth visits. Furthermore, expectant mothers using home monitoring devices for weight and blood pressure give themselves and their doctors better and timely clinical data to proactively address risk.
A 2020 study “illustrate[d] that the majority of women did not want to reduce the number of medical appointments, but due to clinic factors or their own personal circumstances, the number of appointments had reduced for around a third of women.” Additionally, there is an identified “need for clearer communication […] regarding any changes to maternity services (scheduling, cancellations, and services available), including delivery and clarity regarding the associated risks of COVID-19 for mother and baby.”
Zyter considers not only high-risk patients, but also low-risk patients. Using telehealth and RPM improves access to care, reduces stress and time spent traveling, waiting, taking a reading, and making decisions with better and more frequent information.
How Zyter Helps
Approach & Progression
- Identification: The right intervention and schedule for low-risk pregnancies
- Engagement: Telehealth services and remote patient monitoring using a patient app
- Psychological: Hormonal changes during each trimester affecting emotions, motivation, and understanding of control
- Biological: Physical discomforts and body changes, social and interactive support
- Operational: Increased utilization adherence and efficiency
What to be Aware of
- Identification: Proactive at-home monitoring of weight and blood pressure
- Care Coordination: Assignment, insights, engagement, and access to care
- Observation: Biometric and compliance surveillance with patient-specific thresholds
- Exacerbation: Elevated blood pressure and blood sugars, quick engagement using telehealth
- Social & Disparities: Care support and communication, education, and social support mechanisms
Overcoming Access to Care Challenges
The ability to provide access to maternal care can depend on multiple facets of financial, operational, and value-based influencers. A patient’s ability to access care, sustain it, and improve their quality of living is a direct outcome of those influencers.
Financial – Those who can benefit most from remote patient monitoring devices (DME, OTC, and wearables) often cannot afford them. As reimbursement may be available through Medicare, it is important for providers to understand all financial aspects of supporting a large RPM program prior to launch.
Operational – Providers understand the importance of RPM and telehealth, but care management staff is not sized to handle increased patient cohorts. Integration with the EMR is essential for treatment in a longitudinal record, but RPM data and insights are not easily actionable without requiring more time spent using technology.
Value-Based – Value-based care models are incentivized to demonstrate and sustain health outcomes. Small to large, rural to urban, health care’s mission is to foster improved health; without easy-to-use technology and devices, dismantling access disparities, and sustained patient engagement, “quick wins” are just as quickly lost.
Zyter helps solve these challenges to create access to care for mother and baby through:
- Virtual technology and services across the healthcare spectrum
- EHR integration and actionable data for the provider and care team
- Reducing the number of tools and “clicks” so staff can spend more time treating patients
- Linking value with risk mitigation, health outcomes, and decreased expense (such as reducing avoidable ED visits and readmissions)
- Supporting behavioral change in patients through educational materials and easier access to care as well as providing virtual support, alerts and reminders to physicians
Patient Access to Care. Improved by Zyter.
Zyter Telehealth creates access to care with secure video for patients, providers, care teams, caregivers, and support services. Along with remote patient monitoring (RPM), Zyter Telehealth provides real-time imaging, biometrics, and virtual evaluation.
Personalized Care. Delivered by Zyter.
Timely alerts, clinical notes and references, urgent care and scheduled video visit flexibility within the provider and care team workflows boosts efficiencies so care teams can spend more time with patients.
Zyter provides support in understanding virtual/telehealth reimbursement and technology to help providers maximize their financial investment through engagement metrics and analysis.
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