In order to better monitor a pregnant woman’s weight gain and blood pressure, and deliver improved quality of care, Babyscripts™ has partnered with MedStar Health, the largest not-for-profit provider of patient care in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region. This partnership will begin as a 60 patient roll-out at three hospitals with the intent to expand to all 10 MedStar hospitals.
Expectant mothers are offered an iPhone-based app, wireless weight scale and wireless blood pressure cuff as part of Babyscripts’ “Mommy Kit”. Regular home use of these devices offers a valuable, additional source of information for physicians, as the data is captured and transmitted automatically to both the patient and the clinic. Intended to extend prenatal care beyond the four walls of the doctor’s office, the Babyscripts app also delivers evidence-based guidelines approved by the patient’s obstetrician (OB) in the form of daily nutritional, medical and lifestyle action items.
“With Babyscripts, we can communicate with patients between office visits and collect vital data that could lead to improved quality of care,” said Tamika C. Auguste, MD, director of OB/GYN Simulation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “A more informed patient coupled with more data for the physician leads to a better pregnancy experience all-around.”
“There’s a huge movement in health care to use wearable technology and apps to improve health and fitness,” said Juan Pablo Segura, president and co-founder of Babyscripts. “But there are very few technologies that engage the doctor and patient directly. Starting with expectant moms, we’re bridging the gap to promote wellness and manage patient care beyond the traditional clinical setting.”
Babyscripts helps physicians improve their patients’ knowledge of healthy pregnancy guidelines. Also, by identifying patient trends, the app offers physicians the ability to give smarter feedback to patients, potentially optimizing a patient’s visit schedule. These benefits reduce costs and help physicians maintain a strong connection with their patients.
Babyscripts is currently a member of 1776, a global startup incubator and seed fund based in Washington, D.C. In April 2014, MedStar Health joined 1776 as a Founding Partner with the intention of finding the best emerging solutions to difficult challenges faced in health care. This new relationship demonstrates how bringing entrepreneurs and innovative health care providers together can advance health. Recently, Babyscripts won the 1776 regional Challenge Cup competition, which took place in 16 cities across 11 countries to identify the most promising startups solving the biggest challenges in education, energy, health and cities. This victory puts Babyscripts in the Global Finals.