Ochsner Health System Introduces New Prenatal Digital Medicine Program for the Gulf South
NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System introduces Connected MOM (Maternity Online Monitoring), an exciting new Digital Medicine Program that allows expectant mothers to use advanced wireless technology to manage prenatal health. This is the first-of-its-kind program created by a healthcare system, and Ochsner is the only hospital in the Gulf South region to offer this convenient technology to its patients.
A national leader in healthcare innovation for its digital medicine programs designed to provide better and more convenient care for patients, Ochsner demonstrates a continued commitment in pioneering innovative solutions that pave the way for positive, transformational change in healthcare.
In the fast-paced environment we live in, patients demand convenient, reliable access to healthcare at their fingertips. Recommended by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the standard prenatal care model for low-risk pregnancies can average anywhere between 12-14 in-office prenatal visits. Currently available at Ochsner Baptist* and Ochsner Health Center -- Clearview, Connected MOM offers a new model for prenatal care where expectant mothers can stay connected with their OB care team virtually though digital tools, reducing three or more the required number of in-person visits and providing greater flexibility and convenience.
Through this innovative program, participating mothers-to-be receive a wireless scale, wireless blood pressure cuff and an at-home urine protein test kit. Through the use of a smartphone, patients can easily send their weight, blood pressure readings and urine protein test results digitally in real-time from the comfort of their own homes. Results are sent directly to their MyOchsner account, the system’s online patient portal which connects directly to the patient’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR). A specialized Connected MOM care team – comprised of the patient’s obstetrician, a dedicated health coach and a technical support specialist – reviews the data and provides medical recommendations as needed. This allows expectant mothers to receive care proactively, wherever they are, while minimizing the need for in-person visits and thus minimizing disruption to their regular daily activities.
“Connected MOM is an opportunity to extend prenatal care beyond the physician’s office and make care more convenient for our patients,” said Dr. Jody Morris IV, Chairman, Women’s Services, Ochsner Baptist. “Monitoring an expectant mother’s weight and blood pressure are two key components for a healthy pregnancy. Through this program, issues such as high blood pressure or excessive weight gain can be identified earlier, not just when a woman shows up for her routine prenatal appointment. We can identify patient trends which can improve quality of care, reduce cost and enhance the patient experience.”
How it Works
At the initial prenatal visit, interested patients can work with their obstetrician to sign up for the program. After the appointment, expectant mothers can head to the O Bar, a first-of-its-kind retail experience created by Ochsner offering the latest in cutting-edge, interactive healthcare technology, to receive a Connected MOM kit containing all of the digital tools needed for remote monitoring. Once enrolled, patients weigh themselves regularly, take their blood pressure once a week and perform three at-home urine protein tests during weeks 20, 30 and 37. Results are directly transmitted into the EMR, and notifications and messages from the care team are communicated via MyOchsner. More than 100 mothers have participated in the program to date.
Second-time mother Paige Entwisle was introduced to the program through Anna White, OB/GYN, Ochsner Baptist. “Connected MOM was a good fit for me, as I work full-time,” Paige explains. “My experience has been great. I can get the care I need to make sure I am progressing though my pregnancy as I should without having to take time off of work. The devices are easy to use and the Connected MOM care team is there to answer my questions. This program has helped me manage my pregnancy conveniently, while giving me peace of mind.”
To participate, patients can call 504-608-5793.
Connected MOM was designed by innovationOchsner (“iO”) in partnership with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Ochsner Baptist. iO is an innovation lab and accelerator formed by Ochsner in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize healthcare to create new value. iO’s work focuses on solving healthcare’s most pressing problems by using technology and data to create precision-focused, patient-centered solutions to keep patients healthy. Digital health programs created by iO have been widely recognized for their groundbreaking approach to patient care and health, including by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator and Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School.
To learn more about iO and Ochsner’s commitment to innovation, visit www.innovationochsner.com.
*Ochsner Baptist – a campus of Ochsner Medical Center
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