How is Telehealth Helping Expectant Mothers?

How is Telehealth Helping Expectant Mothers?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Telehealth technology is revolutionizing the healthcare sector, facilitating enhanced communication between healthcare providers and their patients.

FREMONT, CA – A significant number of expectant mothers research their options when it comes to prenatal care and delivery, and will take their time to find the healthcare providers offering patient-centric programs with greater convenience, lower cost, high quality, and effective patient safety. As expectant mothers are more engaged in their healthcare decisions, healthcare providers are augmenting their patient experience by leveraging the latest technology.

Several healthcare companies are offering digital health tools designed to facilitate wireless communication for expectant women. The monitoring capabilities of the devices will enable them to comfortably manage their pregnancy from home, eliminating the need for constant visits to the obstetrician.

The advanced healthcare wireless technology includes scales and blood pressure cuffs, which can be configured to monitor weight and BP of the expectant mother. The readings can be directly uploaded to their medical records through their smartphones. The team of health coaches and obstetrics care providers at the healthcare organizations can monitor the data and aid in the maternity journey of patients.

The connected maternity online monitoring (MOM) grants an opportunity for healthcare organizations to provide prenatal care beyond the physician’s office and make it more convenient for expectant mothers. It will enable the obstetricians to identify issues such as high blood pressure and weight gain earlier and suggest the necessary changes rather than waiting for the routine prenatal appointments.

By keeping track of the patient trends, healthcare providers can significantly improve their quality of care, reduce cost, and enhance the patient experience. They can provide robust home monitoring devices to their patients, which connect to knowledge-based tracking systems and transmit information to an accessible location. It is not only convenient for the expectant mothers but the healthcare providers as well.

The conventional laboratory test, ultrasounds, immunizations, and patient education are a part of prenatal care. However, the optimization of the current technology and approaches will give more power into the hands of expectant mothers, thus making them more active participants in their healthcare and wellness during the pregnancy journey.

The telehealth technology has made remote monitoring of mothers and infants easy and simple for healthcare providers, both during and after the delivery process. Organizations leveraging telehealth technology also provide pediatric intensive care and maternal-fetal medicine services. Also, it has enabled healthcare providers to achieve a better work-life balance.

The technological revolution is steadily changing patient treatment. Several healthcare organizations are leveraging webcams to enable parents to monitor their newborn babies via internet-capable devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers. Videoconferencing tools are also being integrated with wearables to facilitate virtual care.

Tele-emergency care will arm rural stakeholders with the necessary tools to improve the patient experience by providing consistent, reliable, and simplified services. With telehealth technology, rural health providers no longer depend on antiquated equipment or wait for off-site physicians when dealing with trauma and emergency patients.

The changing healthcare landscape is improving the patient experience. Eventually, telehealth is likely to become of part of the treatment plan for every patient. Healthcare insurance companies are moving toward the reimbursement of telehealth treatment options. It will spur the growth of telehealth services, enabling organizations to grow and improve their services. 

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