Presentation Information

Sarah Rhoads

Utilizing Connected Health Technology and Telehealth to Improve Perinatal Access and Quality in Rural Areas

  • Speaker: Sarah Rhoads , PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
Abstract:

Despite the best efforts of the health care community, many rural women during pregnancy do not have access to obstetrical health care providers or a hospital that delivers near their home. This decreased access to services may lead to poor pregnancy and neonatal outcomes and when a woman has a high-risk pregnancy, access to care becomes a critical issue. Due to this disparity in access to care and maternal/infant outcomes, it is essential that health care providers and communities examine different ways to improve access. Connected health and telehealth technology is an innovative way to reduce access to care issues and assist women in having a healthier pregnancy, ideally improving maternal and neonatal outcomes.