mHealth Intelligence: Outcomes for Virtual Prenatal, Postpartum Care Similar to In-Person Visits
According to a Health Science Reports study, rapid telehealth implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic was proven to be feasible for underserved populations at a clinic in Massachusetts, in particular for prenatal and postpartum care services. For prenatal care, telehealth accounted for 57 percent of all visits of patients who were between 22 and 25 weeks along. Around half of the postpartum patients had at least one telehealth visit, with 52 percent of patients attending a virtual visit for both the two-week and six-week postpartum checkups. The researchers also stressed the importance of audio-only telehealth for underserved populations who may not have access to adequate internet or devices with camera capabilities.