SOC Telemed collaborates by combining OBHG's top OB hospitalist programs with SOC Telemed's maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) experts.
FREMONT, CA: SOC Telemed, the nation's largest and only committed provider of customized obstetric (OB) hospitalist programs and the supplier of acute care telemedicine and Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), collaborates with Ob Hospitalist Group by combining OBHG's top Ob hospitalist programs with SOC Telemed's maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) experts. In early August 2021, Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, became the first hospital partner to implement the new service. The integrated OB hospitalist or teleMFM service is now available at more OBHG hospital partner locations across the country.
Patients will receive continuous onsite treatment from OBHG's expert OB physicians and access to SOC Telemeds MFM physicians due to the new agreement. Utilizing SOC Telemeds' Telemed IQ telemedicine technology, OBHG practitioners can interact to MFM professionals in minutes for consultation to help with the management of high-risk pregnancies or deliveries. The program is aimed to supplement the OB hospitalists' in-person physician treatment with care suggestions from distant MFMs.
"We're thrilled to partner with OBHG to help more mothers get the care they need within their local communities," said Sina Haeri, MD, MHSA, Vice President of Women & Children's Health, Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, SOC Telemed. "Supporting local OB providers and their patients enables reduced travel, better outcomes, and the strengthening of local health care resources, representing a win-win for pregnant women."
The demand for MFM professionals in the United States considerably outnumbers supply, and the country's small number of MFM specialists is mainly concentrated in major cities. SOC Telemeds' teleMFM program was recently evaluated. It was shown to successfully assist local OB practitioners and keep 94 percent of families with an at-risk pregnancy in their areas for prenatal care and delivery.
"Clinician access to maternal-fetal medicine support is especially important when it comes to caring for high-risk patients," said Lenny Castiglione, CEO of OBHG. "OBHG can now offer maternal-fetal telemedicine services alongside our OB hospitalist medicine programs to our hospital partners without access or without full-time access to maternal-fetal medicine resources."