WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - December 15, 2016) - Earlier this month, at the Future of Obstetrics Summit in Orlando, leaders in obstetrics, patient care, remote patient monitoring, and data science met to discuss how precision medicine and technology can be incorporated into traditional obstetric care. Babyscripts, a virtual care model for expecting mothers, partnered with the Florida Hospital Innovation Lab to create the summit.
At the event, there were representatives from more than 10 health systems from around the country, as well as the President Elect of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Haywood Brown. The group discussed how care can be transformed through the use of innovative technologies and digital approaches.
When asked what the results of the conference were, Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, of GW Medical Faculty Associates said attendees left with "a diverse perspective on how mobile and digital technology integrates with varying practices: academic, private, urban and rural, a wave of interest in using technology to enhance patient care and the mutual sense of inevitability that mobile technology will eventually transform the delivery of medicine."
With medical and health technologies rapidly evolving from theory to practice, the attendees of the conference decided that it was their responsibility to create a consortium, gathering and providing data and information about these new technologies, in order to ensure that patients get the care they deserve, and, most importantly, do so in a safe manner. Babyscript's co-founder and CFO, Juan Pablo Segura, said this action could lead to the world's largest database of clinical data about pregnancy.
The group identified that a new approach to managing obstetrical care was necessary, and they also examined the changing reimbursement environment that providers are encountering in the market (e.g bundled payments).
"We need to approach this head on and to work with the companies and the technologists and the entrepreneurs who are working on these things, so that we get to the best solution for the patients, and for the industry in general," said Nihar Ganju, MD, from Advantia Health.
Participants also discussed a plan of action to implement their ideas into the medical sector.
"The next step is to prove that these technologies are actually equal to the current way we perform prenatal care, if not better. We need to develop this and combine our data and analyze it so we won't be analyzing data from someone's small practice. It'll be from a group from across the country that can pool the data and then do research on that data. It will be a lot stronger, evidence-based information," said Lauren Demosthenes, MD, of Greenville Health System.
As the summit group continues their efforts to bring about risk appropriate, data-centric, and patient-centered research, the participants said they want the public to be aware that they are working to improve this specifically for them.
"Physicians are actively engaging themselves in understanding this emerging world -- digital health technology -- and we want to do our best to help our patients achieve their maximum health," Dr. Ganju said. "The world around us is changing, and patients are going to be much more engaged in their own health using these technologies. We want to encourage them, but we also want to provide that guidance so it's safe to do so."
Selected images of the conference for your use are in this Dropbox folder.