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  • 1. Anne Patterson, MD CEO Women’s Telehealth Atlanta, GA
  • 2.  Our mission: “To bring scarce high risk maternal fetal medicine services to underserved areas via telemedicine”.  Our Services:  Ultrasound Store and Forward  Maternal Fetal Medicine Consults  Remote “Grand Rounds”  Remote long distance learning for Sonographers  Specialty “high risk clinics” for HTN, GDM, etc.
  • 3.  Making Progress: Telemedicine is increasing access for women in underserved areas.  Pilot program with state health department  5049 Completed MFM telemedicine encounters  Women have access to MFM subspecialty care in their home communities > 80% of cases
  • 4.  Removes access barriers for MFM services  Decreases cost per pt (saving time and $)  Facilitates continuity of care if hospital is needed  Improved patient compliance  Enhanced patient experience
  • 5. Burke Medical Center OB Unit Closed 12/2012 Cook Medical Center OB Unit Closed 7/2013 159 Counties in Georgia. BUT : < 80 counties provide Obstetric care!
  • 6. · Georgia ranks 50th in maternal mortality · Georgia ranks 41st out of 50 states in rates of teen pregnancy and additionally has the 4th highest repeat teen pregnancy rate in the United States ·Georgia ranks 45th out of 50 states in the high number of low birth weight babies born ·Georgia ranks 42nd out of 50 states in premature births. Georgia OB Statistics Need Improving: MFM Telemedicine/Access Can Help
  • 7. Preliminary Outcomes: • Improved patient compliance • Rural area coverage expanding with telemedicine • Innovative antepartum education identifies and leads to earlier high risk intervention, < problems • Patient acceptance and satisfaction high • Obstetrician/ MFM Specialist relations enhanced • Healthcare transitions across settings enhanced • Preterm births decreased from 18% to 8% in target areas of state • Low birth weight rate decreased from 16% to 5% • Government, hospitals, carriers monitoring results MFM Telemedicine is Impacting Outcomes
  • 8. GA Percent of Births, Very preterm (less than 32 weeks), Preterm (32-36 weeks) by Public Health District, All Public Health Districts, 2008-2011
  • 9. Video recorded in February 2014 at the Georgia State Capitol. Presentations made in both Senate and House of Representatives so they could experience “live” telemedicine for themselves and interact with high risk OB patient from Dougherty Co. Health Dept.