In conjunction with HomeTown Health University, Dr. C. Anne Patterson and Tanya Mack of Women’s Telehealth presented a webinar focusing on Telemedicine… in Rural Communities.
On the Top Docs BusinessRadioX show, Women’s Telehealth CEO, Tanya Mack sat down with Emory Healthcare’s Dr. Gregory Esper. Gregory Esper, MD, MBA is currently Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Neurology, and he also is Director of General Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases. He serves Emory Healthcare in the capacity as the Director of New Care Models. Dr. Esper shared his perspective of the role of telemedicine in neurology, as well as how Emory Healthcare is evaluating other areas of need for access to care where telemedicine can be deployed to simultaneously provide greater efficiency for patient and care provider, as well as improving the health of the population served.
Women’s Telehealth’s Tanya Mack sat down with Certified Nurse Midwife, Anna Cherry, of Providence Women’s Health Care of Roswell, to learn about how the centering pregnancy prenatal care program their practice has been participating in is improving outcomes for the patients they serve. Centering Healthcare Institute explains how centering pregnancy works. Centering group prenatal care follows the recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits, but each visit is 90 minutes to two hours long – giving women 10x more time with their provider. Moms engage in their care by taking their own weight and blood pressure and recording their own health data with private time with their provider for belly check.
On the Top Docs BusinessRadioX show, Women’s Telehealth’s Tanya Mack sat down with March of Dimes’ State Program Manager, Danielle Brown. Brown explained the extent of occurrence of premature births among Georgia women and how it ranks nationally on the low end of the scale. We explored some of the reasons behind these troubling numbers, research underway to address it, and strategies being employed around the state to bring needed screening and pre-natal care to expectant mothers.
Many states exhibit disparities in rural health vs. healthcare and Georgia is no exception. Georgia has 108/159 counties (68%) defined as “rural.” Most would agree that health should not be determined by one’s residence or zip code, yet many healthcare challenges are unique to rural settings such as: community infrastructure, poverty, education, and transportation.
On this Top Docs BusinessRadioX show, Tanya Mack of Women’s Telehealth and Chris Denson of Hometown Health discuss rural healthcare challenges.
Bradley George, NPR recently featured a story addressing the infant mortality health crises in the African-American south. Women’s Telehealth and their Centering Pregnancy partner, the Georgia Department of Community Health in Dougherty County. Dougherty County is a typical southern county in which about 40% of the residents are African American. Of Georgia’s 159 counties, it ranks 115th in health outcomes and has an infant mortality rate of 10.8/1000 live births- almost twice the national average. Centering Pregnancy is a way to deliver group prenatal care and adding high risk maternal fetal medicine services via telehealth, through Women’s Telehealth, has enabled this group of patients to greatly reduce their preterm birth outcomes.
On March 18, 2015, Dr. Anne Patterson of Women’s Telehealth participated in a panel discussion in Atlanta at the BusinessRadioX studio to discuss the current state of telemedicine and future trends that are beginning to be relevant now. Women’s Telehealth is a high risk OB telemedicine service provider licensed in 7 southeast states. She was joined by Matt Jansen, currently with Ironbow, who handles the backend technology and connectivity for telemedicine. Dr. Tolliver Smith, of Telehealth Solutions also joined the conversation. Telehealth Solutions is working to extend telemedicine solutions directly into primary care provider offices. Hear what the panel had to say about telemedicine by clicking learn more.