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

by Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC
  • Duration: 540 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Perinatal

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.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Recognize obstetrical health inequalities in rural populations;

Objective 2: Identify clinical and educational approaches to perinatal quality improvement using connected health – telemedicine, telehealth, and remote patient monitoring;

Objective 3: Describe how connected health technology can improve perinatal care when implemented and used appropriately.

Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks