In a recent webinar, Maternal Patient Safety: COVID-19 and Beyond, PeriGen addressed both staff and maternal patient safety through the use of perinatal telemonitoring.
What is Perinatal Telemonitoring?
Patterned after eICU and cardiac telemetry units, perinatal telemonitoring can present in several models. A distinct characteristic is that it involves the clinical observation of maternal patients from a physically different remote location. The purpose of telemonitoring is to support timely patient assessment and intervention by the bedside clinician. This support can be accomplished by implementing a remote OB command center to augment the patient’s primary RNs care.
Perinatal telemonitoring can be applied throughout all perinatal stages (antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum). The first example depicts the OB command center within the hospital able to watch monitored obstetric patients located throughout a single hospital. The second OB command center illustration shows an enterprise observing multiple system facilities. And the third level of OB command center provides remote observation of multiple sites contracted with the primary site. This unique application may include critical care facilities, rural hospitals, and birthing centers.
Perinatal telemonitoring offers many benefits including:
- Augmenting Labor and Delivery staffing challenges
- Increased surveillance of high-risk patients
- Consultative role with maternal and fetal specialists from a central location
- Anticipate potential patient transfers
- Early identification of a patient’s worsening condition
How can we get there?
We need to think differently about the delivery of care in the inpatient setting and most importantly, we need obstetrics to be included in telehealth discussions going forward. There are many great tools available to help with this perinatal telemonitoring journey including funding opportunities for rapid expansion of telehealth.
PeriWatch Vigilance is the only product that provides automated early warning notifications for both mom and baby. Overlaying the electronic fetal surveillance system you already have in place, it gathers and processes information, identifying patients that have concerning trends. PeriWatch Vigilance offers a HUB view that can be used in the OB command center to monitor patients across many sites. This model is being used with several of our care partners to help them improve efficiency in their workflows and maximize safety for moms and babies.
The COVID pandemic had an enormous impact on telehealth and has compelled us to rethink traditional delivery of healthcare. During this time of COVID-19 and beyond, we are challenged to think of how we can do better to promote staff and maternal patient safety. Our landscape is forever changed.
As referenced in the webinar, there is a plethora of telehealth resources that can help you get started with telehealth in obstetrics. Complete the form below to download the Telehealth Resource Toolkit.