This month Babyscripts celebrates three years of partnership with MemorialCare, a nonprofit integrated health system in Orange and Los Angeles counties. In that time, MemorialCare has captured more than 17K blood pressure readings via remote patient monitoring powered by Babyscripts myBloodPressure, with 6% of these triggering intervention protocols.
According to the most recent CDC data, blood pressure-related complications are some of the primary contributors to maternal mortality. Even when not fatal, they can lead to cardiovascular issues and other problems in the long term if not properly managed.
If not caught in time, blood pressure complications can increase the likelihood of a preterm birth, emergency C-section, or worse -- not to mention the negative impact on cost of care.
That 6% trigger rate represents over a thousand instances where a preventable negative outcome could have turned fatal, had it not been for Babyscripts' alert system triggering an intervention protocol.
“With Babyscripts, our doctors and patients have access to a powerful platform to connect and share data throughout the patient’s pregnancy and postpartum care. Babyscripts has allowed us to increase our touch points within our community and allow our patients to access important information about their pregnancy 24/7 – when it is convenient or pertinent to them. It’s been exciting to see the Babyscripts adoption grow among our doctors, practices and patients. I don’t anticipate it slowing down.” - Anne LaNova, executive director of Digital Consumer Experience at MemorialCare.
Hypertension has become an increasingly problematic issue for pregnant and postpartum mothers. While typically more prevalent in geriatric pregnancies, new research shows that after taking age into account, women having babies now are about twice as likely to develop hypertension in pregnancy than women from the baby boom generation, which is further tied to a generational decline in heart health.
According to another study, one in 10 women who develop hypertension as a result of pregnancy might not experience it until more than six weeks after childbirth, the typical end of standard postpartum care. This has motivated industry leaders to push for making remote BP management the standard of care through the prenatal period and up through one year postpartum.
These results from the MemorialCare and Babyscripts collaboration show the benefit of patients using remote digital solutions to manage and monitor their care from home. Mostly captured during the pandemic, these data represent the value of having a remote digital safety net to capture vital data even without in-person care, including synchronous video visits.