Concern over the pandemic may be winding down, but the repercussions continue as healthcare professionals are focusing on underlying or underreported problems that Covid brought to light. More research is emerging on the frequency of maternal mental health health issues and the repercussions for children; the postpartum time period is receiving attention; and providers, payors, and startups are looking for innovative ways to stem the continuing crisis of maternal mortality.
Sarah Sachs was confused. Three days before, she had successfully delivered a healthy baby through C-section, after an uneventful, low risk prenatal course. Now her provider was discharging her with a blood pressure cuff and instructions to monitor her BP from home through the Babyscripts app.
As researchers learn more about the effects of lockdown, the industry is weighing the necessity and benefits of virtual solutions. Emerging data around pandemic care point to the benefits of virtual health solutions, particularly for addressing maternal mental health issues. Plus, providers and researchers continue to confirm the safety of the vaccine for pregnant women and encourage its application.
For Women’s Health Week, we’re releasing a two-part analysis of the current state of maternal health. Read Part I here.
The modern mom is facing different challenges than her mother did, and she’s looking for maternal health care that reflects that individual experience. As we transition to an ever more data-driven world, we’re also learning more about the pregnancy journey in general — things that have always been true about the pregnancy experience but deprioritized or under researched in the past — and we need to change care to reflect that knowledge.
In 2019, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that 20% of adults were living with mental illness. In 2020, that percentage doubled.
Keep in mind, these statistics rely on people with mental health disorders submitting themselves for diagnosis or self-reporting their illness. Due in part to the stigma that continues to surround mental health, there is a high likelihood that these rates are in actuality much higher than reported.
As Covid wanes, lawmakers are considering permanent expansion of pandemic era reimbursement codes; and health systems face competition from new care models taking on capitated risk. Questions of health equity continue to dominate the healthcare industry, and experts push for Medicaid expansion to reduce disparity.
The use of digital health technology skyrocketed during the pandemic, and the term “telehealth” followed the same trajectory, becoming a buzzword in the healthcare industry and the larger tech community over the past year.
But what does “telehealth” really mean?
The term has become equivalent to “video visit” — and many health systems will say they offer telehealth when in fact they simply offer synchronous video visits to replace in-person office appointments.
In reality, telehealth is much more comprehensive.
[This post was originally published in Feb 2019 and has been updated]
In a field crowded with patient engagement apps, Babyscripts’ integration-first approach sets it apart from the competition. Unlike most patient engagement apps, which typically do not integrate with the medical record, Babyscripts’ tech stack allows the program to integrate into an organization’s EMR, making it flexible to our customers’ needs.
We’ve compiled a list of FAQs to help our clients understand the importance of integration, and why we’ve made it an essential part of our strategy.
In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, we are slightly changing the format of our Friday news-roundup. This week, we've compiled a list of recent news and important resources for understanding the challenges and barriers facing the Black community; and emerging innovations and policies that are seeking to target and address the issues.