New Partnership Highlights the Value of Patient Engagement in Improving Maternal Health Outcomes
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – August 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Twistle by Health Catalyst, Inc. (Nasdaq: HCAT) (“Twistle”), a leader in patient engagement technology, is now being used to support obstetric services for patients in Northeastern New Mexico. Rural OB Access & Maternal Services (ROAMS), a federally funded four-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, has deployed Twistle across its network of care, which links patients to caregivers across five rural communities in New Mexico, including Taos, Colfax, Union, Harding, and Mora Counties.
“Our goal with ROAMS is to improve maternal access to care in a safe and financially viable model. We support mothers with holistic services, including education and care navigation, and make OB services for our rural communities sustainable. Preventing unnecessary travel, especially for specialty care, is key to the success of this program,” said Dr. Timothy Brininger MD, FP/OB, Medical Director of ROAMS.
Dr. Brininger continued, “With Twistle, we connect women directly to their care teams through their mobile phones or a tablet. This technology allows us to reach women wherever they are. We are aiming to improve access, reduce long travel to clinics/specialty care and enhance detection of antepartum and postpartum problems. We know that early intervention prevents a lot of complications.”
Twistle’s HIPAA-compliant, personalized text-based software supports pre- and post-partum patients with access to supportive messages such has detailed care plan information, educational materials, and reminders about appointments. In addition, the platform can be used to collect assessments and enable providers to communicate with patients to monitor health and allow patients to request assistance. As a result, conditions such as worsening gestational diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy and after delivery may be detected early and managed more safely with better provider-patient engagement.
“In our experience, we have been able to improve access and reduce health inequities by connecting patients to digital care and services and alleviating barriers like transportation issues, inflexible work schedules, and childcare challenges,” said Twistle Medical Director Dr. Rameet Singh, MD, MPH. “I am excited to play a role in this important women’s health initiative not only through my role at Twistle but also as a practicing OB-GYN in New Mexico.”
Twistle’s work with ROAMS highlights the value of patient engagement in improving the health of a population and underscores the opportunity for Twistle, together with data and analytics technology and services company Health Catalyst, to deliver massive, measurable, data-informed healthcare improvements.
To learn more about ROAMS, visit https://roamsnm.org/.