April 25, 2024

Digital Diagnostics and Remote Monitoring for Better Maternal Care

The digital transformation of the 21st Century has shaped more than just our ability to generate an email without too much cerebral exercise, it has potentially revolutionized the future of healthcare. And in doing so creates a much stronger environment for significant improvements in maternal health services. Amid the global upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for resilient, accessible maternal health services unified in a single platform has surged.

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Digital health solutions are being created at unprecedented speeds, with the global market for digital patient monitoring devices projected to expand to 273 billion USD by 2026, and this adoption of digital diagnostics and remote monitoring signifies a pivotal shift towards safeguarding maternal and neonatal health.

Big Steps for Maternal Digital Health

Mother Goose Health is leading the charge with a fully connected maternity platform that not only personalizes the patient journey from pregnancy to postpartum but proactively addresses risks and facilitates access to essential services. 

Providing early detection and intervention, and personalizing care, the Mother Goose platform enables improved outcomes in obstetrics, and streamlines resource allocation, ensuring that healthcare practitioners can respond proactively to the needs of mothers.

Integrating bi-directional EHR, health information exchange data, and providing real-time clinical escalation for intervention, Mother Goose Health is setting a new standard. The platform's focus on individual and population level risk analytics, together with patient-centered referrals and culturally concordant care practices, has significantly reduced preterm birth rates to 4.68% (compared to 10.4% national average) and C-section delivery rates by 22%, as well as enhancing patient engagement.

The Value of Digital Maternal Health for Patients

Before digital health technologies emerged, healthcare was often characterized by limited patient engagement associated with a more paternalistic model of care. Patients had restricted access to their health records, and communication with healthcare providers (HCPs) was predominantly one-way. This consequently made health data collection intrusive and limited the scope for personalized care, leading to a less satisfactory patient experience and often tied to poor outcomes.

The introduction of digital tools such as patient portals, mobile applications, and wearable technologies has shifted this landscape, offering unprecedented convenience by allowing patients easier access to health records and clinical expertise, while making the collection of health data more seamless. As a result, the longed-for patient-centered model of care has become a reality. Patients can now be empowered through improved medication compliance, better disease management, and earlier disease detection and diagnosis. 

Mother Goose Health ensures that patient health data is seamlessly shared between individual ambulatory workflows and electronic records. Providing remote monitoring via its patient app, Mother Goose Health’s platform allows for a greater opportunity to detect complications and ensures mothers receive the right appointment, with the right provider, at the right time.

This has not only enabled the delivery of more cost-effective and accessible treatment and improved patient quality of care and health outcomes but also promotes safety, accessibility, and equity in maternal healthcare.

The Value of Digital Maternal Health to the Practitioner

One of the heaviest burdens HCPs currently shoulder is that of administration, which cannibalizes time they can otherwise offer to their patients. In one survey, 54% of HCPs admitted to writing prescriptions or referrals to specialists simply because they lacked the time to treat a patient, with close to three-quarters putting blame on paperwork for increased burnout levels. 

A survey by the American Medical Association highlights provider’s growing adoption of technology to help with these challenges, with PCPs' use of digital tools for consultations doubling since 2016, reflecting a broader acceptance and integration of technology in healthcare practices.

Mother Goose Health’s technology is helping to ease providers’ workload, fostering a greater exchange of health information. Reducing the administrative burden, the platform helps to mitigate risks of practitioner burn-out and has increased patient engagement, decreasing the instances of appointment ‘no-shows’.

Mother Goose Health’s platform and comprehensive longitudinal patient data also better informs providers decision-making to optimize patient care by facilitating early detection and diagnosis of disease. This minimizes medical errors and potential fatalities but also paves the way for more personalized care, tailored to individual patient needs based on real-world data and evidence.

A Better Maternal Future

With the projection that remote patient monitoring could save $200 billion USD in healthcare costs across all conditions globally over the next 25 years, by eliminating unnecessary visits and optimizing patient care, the value of digital health for healthcare practitioners is clear and growing.

Despite the ubiquity of digital tools in personal lives, their translation into effective enhancements for maternity care remains limited, especially within under-resourced communities where access to technology is scarce. This gap exacerbates health inequities, leaving many women, particularly those in low-income areas, without the benefits of digital health solutions. 

Working alongside health plans and payors, Mother Goose Health’s collaborative, technology-driven approach is working to address these disparities to enhance preventative care and optimize maternity care outcomes, ensuring safe motherhood and healthy infants across the US.