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Mental Illness is a Silent Pandemic: We Need To Be Talking About It

May 5, 2021 1:54:03 PM / by The Babyscripts Team posted in Mental Health

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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.

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4/30/2021 Bi-Weekly Roundup: Top Articles

Apr 30, 2021 11:46:22 AM / by The Babyscripts Team posted in In the News

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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.  

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What is Virtual Care? It’s More Than A Video Visit.

Apr 29, 2021 4:42:25 PM / by The Babyscripts Team posted in Virtual Care

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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.

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Why We Chose An Integration-First Approach: The Case For A Solution That Integrates With the EMR

Apr 21, 2021 12:33:53 PM / by Chun Wong, Director of Solution Engineering

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[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. 

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Black Maternal Health: Top Resources for Understanding, Empathy, and Activism

Apr 16, 2021 10:12:10 AM / by The Babyscripts Team

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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.

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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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Reducing Structural Inequities Through Tech at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Mar 24, 2021 1:45:09 PM / by Dr. Loral Patchen, PhD, CNM, IBCLC posted in Health Equity

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The events of the previous year shed a much needed light on disparities in our healthcare system. Recently, we sat down with Loral Patchen, PhD, CNM, and IBCLC at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, to discuss her experiences using technology to serve diverse populations and impact healthcare justice. 

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