Mental health issues are on the rise in the midst of the pandemic, and now exacerbated by the onset of colder months and the holidays. Pregnant women, especially low-income and minority mothers, are at higher risk for mental complications, as new studies show. Industry players weigh the value of telehealth to manage mental health, and predict what telehealth will look like in the new year.
A constantly-evolving understanding of COVID-19 and its implications for pregnant women has kept the pandemic at the top of the maternal health news cycle. With the onset of colder months and a predicted second wave, industry leaders weigh the benefits of virtual care for maternal health and new pathways for reimbursement. New studies reveal an increase in hypertension complications in pregnancy and barriers of access to care.
PLUS, a conversation with Sean Chen of Philips about digital health investment, including why Philips invested in Babyscripts.
In the news this week, industry professionals weigh the benefits and barriers of digital health and discuss opportunities for reimbursement. The FDA moves forward with its plans for advancing digital health, and new guidelines are released to manage pregnancy and the opioid crisis.
In the news this week, women are pushing through stigmas to speak up about the realities of miscarriage, loss, and depression during and after pregnancy. The barriers of social determinants of health are in the spotlight as questions of health equity continue to occupy the industry. Plus, concerns over Covid and how it is continuing to change the industry.
In this week's news, new policies from the FDA mark strides toward a more comprehensive approach to digital health technology as the industry considers delivery of care outside traditional office settings, and payers weigh the benefits of virtual care. In maternal health, new initiatives continue to emphasize the importance of remote patient monitoring for better outcomes, particularly monitoring of blood pressure. Plus, two bills introduced to help improve access to vaccines for pregnant mothers.
In this week's news, new policies and calls for Medicaid expansion are directed to helping address maternal health disparities, plus a new report from March of Dimes on the increasing problem of maternity care deserts. The industry considers the limits of telehealth and the need to enhance visits with remote patient monitoring.
In the news this week, new statistics spark increased discussion on maternal mortality and the disproportionate affect on minority women. Women are reevaluating their decisions to become pregnant as fears around the pandemic create unrest and insecurity. The future of telehealth and virtual care remains unclear even as researchers explore its potential.
In the news this week, the pandemic continues to raise new questions: about the way we approach maternal health, how to reimburse for digital tools, and how to resolve the barriers of health inequity. The value of femtech is debated and the NIH reports on a new tool for measuring pregnancy complications.
In the news this week, recent events have put a spotlight on the inequities in maternal healthcare. While new evidence shows how COVID-19 has widened racial disparities in maternal health, policy-makers and researchers are also looking at the effect of opioid use and structural racism on maternal outcomes.
In the news this week, providers and patients weigh in on the benefits of virtual care while policy-makers debate the future of reimbursements and regulations for telehealth. Questions of health equity continue to dominate the conversation around access to digital health tools and maternal health. Plus, new research on coronavirus and pregnancy shows that infected mothers can pass the virus onto their children in the womb.