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Black Mothers Are Dying in the US

Apr 13, 2021 10:00:00 AM / by The Babyscripts Team

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With an average of 20.1 maternal deaths/100k live births, the US is the most dangerous developed country in which to give birth. For black women, the most frequent victims of our crisis-level maternal mortality rates, the odds are even worse.

According to the most recent data, the maternal death rate for black women is more than double that of white women: 44.0 deaths per 100,000 live births compared to 17.9. It was also more than three times the rate for Hispanic women at 12.6.

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6 Reasons To Choose Babyscripts Over Epic

Apr 10, 2021 11:00:00 AM / by The Babyscripts Team posted in Remote Patient Monitoring

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Epic is one of the highest consumer-rated EMRs on the market and remains one of the most popular choices for a system of record and scheduling interface. Many healthcare systems rely on the EMR and its features to fulfill multiple roles, and question the value of specific service line enhancements like Babyscripts’ obstetrics-specific Virtual Maternity Care solution.

Yet a recent survey of hospital C-suite leaders showed that, in a group traditionally committed to EMRs, nearly 60% would look outside their EMR vendor to other health IT vendors to provide new tools. Of the same group, most plan to invest in new solutions to augment their EMR. These numbers confirm the reality that the EMR cannot do everything.

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4/2/2021 Bi-Weekly Roundup: Top Articles

Apr 2, 2021 5:20:39 PM / by The Babyscripts Team

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After marking the first anniversary of Covid lockdowns and social distancing, questions about the sustainability, scalability and future of virtual care solutions take front and center in industry news, and the implications for maternal health. Plus, new research on the effect of Covid on maternal and infant health outcomes.

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Digital Point of Care: Getting the Payor Involved

Mar 31, 2021 10:50:02 AM / by The Babyscripts Team posted in Reimbursement

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It's no secret that reimbursement is a major barrier to deploying digital health. Providers know the value of solutions like remote patient monitoring, but the question of who will pay for it often holds them back from offering RPM to their patients.

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3/19/2021 Bi-Weekly Roundup: Top Articles

Mar 19, 2021 11:22:35 AM / by The Babyscripts Team

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The passage of the Covid stimulus package extends support for maternal health and raises questions about government support for maternal health initiatives. Remote patient monitoring continues to gain traction as the industry recognizes its benefits for issues like blood pressure management, and states expand coverage. Plus, new articles in our consumer corner from Babyscripts Senior Medical Director, Dr. Lauren Demosthenes. 

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Babyscripts for the Women’s Health Service Line: A COVID-19 Case Study

Mar 10, 2021 11:06:13 AM / by The Babyscripts Team posted in Customer Story

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At the start of 2020, Indiana University Health formed a partnership with Babyscripts to deliver Virtual Maternity Care to the 9,000+ mothers and babies that receive pregnancy care through their hospitals every year. Known for their cutting-edge approach to medicine and treatment options, the six-hospital system and largest network of physicians in the state of Indiana prepared for a slow roll out, eventually planning to offer both the maternal digital education and maternal health monitoring layers of Babyscripts Virtual Maternity Care to all their pregnant patients. 

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3/5/2021 Bi-weekly Roundup: Top Articles

Mar 5, 2021 2:32:22 PM / by The Babyscripts Team

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In the news, focus on the neglected postpartum period sheds light on questions of maternal mental health, and new research exposes the benefits of remote blood pressure monitoring in the postpartum period. Delivering equitable care continues to be a primary concern for care providers, plus two new articles in our Consumer Corner from Babyscripts' Senior Medical Director, Dr. Lauren Demosthenes. 

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The Truth About Maternity Care Deserts

Feb 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by The Babyscripts Team

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The term “desert” calls to mind geographic isolation — a place far removed from society and economic infrastructure. And when it comes to maternity care deserts in rural populations, that image is not far removed from the reality. 

It’s no secret that distance and socio-economic risk contribute to the high rate of maternal deaths in the US. Many women lack immediate access to necessary care, and don’t have the means or the time to travel to distant providers. This problem is pervasive in rural areas — but it doesn’t stop there. Many of the country’s maternity care deserts are not geographically isolated at all, but exist in the heart of its most densely populated areas.

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02/19/2021 Bi-weekly Roundup: Top Articles

Feb 19, 2021 2:44:48 PM / by The Babyscripts Team posted in In the News

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The Black Maternal Health Caucus unveiled the Momnibus Act last week, a legislative package of 12 standalone bills targeted to address maternal health disparities for Black mothers and other mothers of color. Covid concerns continue to keep the spotlight on virtual care as industry professionals weigh the benefits of remote monitoring and digital tools for enhancing maternal health outcomes during the pandemic and beyond.  

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After a high blood pressure reading triggered an intervention, she had a healthy delivery.

Feb 9, 2021 9:58:00 AM / by The Babyscripts Team

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Yasmiin Jones* was entering into her 39th week of pregnancy when she started feeling that something might be off. She had been using a monitor to track her blood pressure through her pregnancy, and on week 38, day 5, she clocked a reading higher than normal. 

“I thought, you know what, maybe the reading is wrong — maybe I was in the wrong position,” said Yasmiin. So she took her reading again. It was still high.

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