The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), founded by Don Berwick the former head of the Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS), outlines a framework for achieving better health outcomes called The Triple Aim. Simply put, there are three dimensions that must be pursued simultaneously in healthcare delivery: Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and … Continue Reading.
As 2017 is coming to a close, our team at Maternity Neighborhood has been reflecting on the past year and exploring what we expect in the year ahead. Like you, we have been anxiously watching the chaos in Washington, D.C. with regard to health politics and policy. While we still can’t predict how our current … Continue Reading.
Relationship support during pregnancy is important to women and families Now that we have good science that shows the benefits of continuous support for women during labor and delivery, the role of doulas and community health workers in transforming maternity care should be undisputed. In fact, this recognition of the benefit of positive relationship … Continue Reading.
Our Care Guide platform was put to the test with an outside study from Columbia University School of Nursing researchers. The findings were published recently in the online journal, Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes (eGEMs). Researchers found that utilizing our online education and communication platform to determine how far along a … Continue Reading.
Maternity Neighborhood can help you make a difference in your community. Tell us about your program and we can help design and implement a sustainable platform for you and your team to make it easier to reach more women with more services and support. What do you do to help women and babies have … Continue Reading.
The vision for Maternity Neighborhood has always been Healthy Women, Healthy Babies. The seeds of this vision were planted in our tools for midwives, whose model of care is at the root of our workflows and features for engagement, education and decision-making. A few years ago, we started to offer our electronic health record … Continue Reading.
If you are a provider who utilizes mobile technology to access, receive, send or store patient health information, you might want to take a few minutes to refresh yourself and your practice with some of the best practices outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Privacy and Security Mobile Device Project. … Continue Reading.
This is the third article in a series about HIPAA in the Midwife Workflow. Read Part 1 – The Basics. Read Part 2 – Disclosures, Communication and Storage. This last article in our three part series on HIPAA Privacy and Security is going to focus on the Security Rule and how it relates to a typical … Continue Reading.
This is the second article in a series about HIPAA in the Midwife Workflow. Read Part 1 – The Basics. Imagine if in 1925 when Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nurse Service, and pioneered nurse-midwifery and rural healthcare in the US, she had to maintain HIPAA-compliance. Traveling on her horse caring for the … Continue Reading.
Special Note: This article series was originally published on the Private Practice for Midwives blog in 2013. We have had multiple requests to reprint it here on the MN blog. While MN continues to primarily serve midwifery practices in the US, we have expanded our offerings to include obstetric led practices that are drawn to … Continue Reading.
If you’ve been dragging your feet because you don’t think you have the time to get started with a better charting system, now is the time. 1. Win a MacBook Air! It’s the device of choice for most of our providers, second to tablets, which can be handy and easier to clean after … Continue Reading.
British midwives don’t “take a patient’s medical history” — they “listen to her story.” As Certified Nurse Midwife Holly Kennedy, former president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, highlighted in her qualitative study of “normalized birth” in the U.K., this simple semantic difference can lead to a dramatic change in how care is perceived by … Continue Reading.
The system that we develop to do tasks that we do over and over is called a workflow. Workflows keep us from forgetting to do certain small things or save us time when we have to go back to something because we know where we left off. Sorting your mail is a good, common … Continue Reading.
This week Maternity Neighborhood released an updated workflow to enhance care coordination and communication between providers and their clients. Because we know that communication is heart of any good relationship, we want to make sure that every message and notification gets to the right person in a way that is both timely and meaningful. … Continue Reading.
Fourth in a series on Business Strategies for Payment Reform from our CEO, Brynne Potter. Read parts one, two and three. As we wrap up this series on Clinical Episodic Payment, I hope that some of you are interested in diving a bit deeper with us here at Maternity Neighborhood. Our goals for the … Continue Reading.
Third in a series on Business Strategies for Payment Reform from our CEO, Brynne Potter. Read parts one and two. Imagine a pregnancy episode is a pizza (apologies to vegans). Consumers in the U.S. have been getting frozen grocery store pizza as a standard, and you want to be able to offer a … Continue Reading.
Second in a series on Business Strategies for Payment Reform. Read part one. Whatever your political viewpoint or agenda, the evidence is clear that healthcare in the U.S. is changing. As maternity providers, we understand transition and all of its drama. If you can think of healthcare reform as a birth, then perhaps the … Continue Reading.
If you own or operate your practice, or even just work for a maternity provider, you have likely heard something about new payment models for maternity care. If you are like most of us, learning about new models is a bit ironic when we hardly understand the the models we currently have. In fact, … Continue Reading.
(This is a Part 2 of a two part series on Privacy and Security in the Millennial World. Part 1 is here). If supply and demand were to be applied to the Big Data industry, we are in a data glut. As the above infographic from DOMO showcases, in the span of just one minute: … Continue Reading.
Welcome to the Millennial World! If you can remember a time when you had to watch the news to get the weather forecast, look at a map to find your way around a new town, or actually remember the 7 digit phone numbers of all of your friends and family, you could also be … Continue Reading.
Over the last 4 years as a founder and CEO of Maternity Neighborhood, I have met countless people who are focused on changing the US maternity care system. The single unifying factor I’ve noticed is (put simply) we all love what we do. Love is also at the core of the mother-baby dyad, and … Continue Reading.
We’ll be highlighting certain essentials in a new Tool Tips series. Did you know that in Maternity Neighborhood, you can: access online documents anytime that explain in detail various aspects of the tool (with screenshots!)? In response to frequently asked questions and in order to have all users taking full advantage of the tools, … Continue Reading.
Here (and in our previous post) we plan to answer all your questions about Shared Decision Making and how to do it with Maternity Neighborhood. According to a 2014 Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare, shared decision making is an emerging standard for patient-centered care and is increasingly supported by federal and … Continue Reading.
In our new blog post series, we plan to answer all your questions about Shared Decision Making and how to do it with Maternity Neighborhood. According to a 2014 Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare, shared decision making is an emerging standard for patient-centered care and is increasingly supported by federal … Continue Reading.
We are excited to share with you this talk Brynne gave in the spring at the opening ceremony of the Tom Tom Founders Festival. She discusses what is inherent in every birth we attend: opportunity, resources and potential. This talk features some context of our local birth outcomes here in Charlottesville, Virginia; mentions the … Continue Reading.
At a gala awards ceremony in Charlottesville, Maternity Neighborhood was named Innovator of the Year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC). A local company with broad reach, Maternity Neighborhood engages pregnant women, delivers educational content and surveys and helps manage the care journey during pregnancy and beyond. The company is helmed by founders, midwife … Continue Reading.
As of last week we have begun migrating practices from the legacy EHR to the new Maternity Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing testimonials from practices as folks transition to the full scope of integrated tools included in the new platform. Like any neighborhood worth living in, ours is about connection. We have spent … Continue Reading.
Maternity Neighborhood has been named as a finalist for Innovator of the Year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC). A local company with broad reach, Maternity Neighborhood engages pregnant women, delivers educational content and surveys and helps manage the care journey during pregnancy and beyond. The company is helmed by midwife and CEO Brynne … Continue Reading.
Yesterday’s FCC vote to impose open Internet rules could have far reaching effects on the growing need for access to Health Information Technology (HIT) for patients at highest risk and with the greatest need for quality information and tools for improving healthcare. By defeating special interests seeking to charge higher fees to customers for … Continue Reading.
According to a recent study at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health involving a sample of 2,400 women, those attended by midwives during their pregnancy and birth experiences were more likely to ask the questions they had than those seeing doctors. In a statement from lead author Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., M.P.A.: … Continue Reading.
Maternity Neighbourhood (note our UK spelling!) has just been awarded a place on the NHS Framework Agreement for Clinical Information Systems. Maria Booker, our UK General Manager explains what this means for Maternity Neighbourhood in the UK. “This is a great result for Maternity Neighbourhood, as it shows we are a credible alternative … Continue Reading.
Throughout this series, we have continually come back to the way we pay for care. We know a lot about what improves maternal and infant health, but we are paying providers and hospitals to do other things entirely. So, what I really want to know – what I began this whole series to figure … Continue Reading.
A new consensus report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommends a regionalized maternity care system, by classifying and ranking levels of services for mothers. This report follows on the tails of a UK study and the NICE guidelines, recommending that women be encouraged … Continue Reading.
We are pleased to launch the Maternity Neighborhood Care Guide with custom surveys for the American Association of Birth Centers and the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative. The Care Guide presents a library of curated resources for providers and women, building on the strong informed consent model of birth center and midwifery care. … Continue Reading.
This post is part six in a 10-part series on care model innovation. Humans of New York (HONY) is a blog and Facebook page that features portraits of New Yorkers, each paired with a caption in the subject’s own words. With over 11 million followers, HONY is adept at bringing into focus the experiences that shape people’s … Continue Reading.
This post is part five in a 10-part series on care model innovation. A Fragmented System, With Some Fragments Missing In the literature, we see care model innovation held up as the solution to fragmentation. According to a Commonwealth Fund report: Fragmentation fosters frustrating and dangerous patient experiences, especially for patients obtaining care from multiple providers … Continue Reading.
This post is part four in a 10-part series on care model innovation. What good could come from childbirth? It almost seems ludicrous to ask what good can come from childbirth, since birth results in a new human being, an event celebrated across every culture. But it is a worthy question to consider in the context of … Continue Reading.
This post is part three in a 10-part series on care model innovation. We left off last week with Don Berwick’s list of features common to care models that create health. These included reconnecting personal health to relationships, and impacting the whole person, not just the “disease.” These are the crux of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), … Continue Reading.
This post is part two of a 10-part series on care model innovation. I’ve written extensively about the need to change how we deliver maternity care in the United States, so I wasn’t sure I really needed to read up on the need for new care models. But most of what I have written has focused … Continue Reading.
This post is part one of a series on care model innovation. Before I set out to examine care model innovation in maternity care, I wanted to take a look at innovative care models in our broader healthcare system. I knew silo thinking was one thing I needed to get away from in this … Continue Reading.
I am excited to begin blogging here about care model innovation. As a technology company, Maternity Neighborhood aims to develop the tools that make it easier to deliver care differently. Strategically, we align ourselves with the care models we think will grow rapidly as our healthcare system evolves to become more person-centered and value-driven. … Continue Reading.
Data are the foundation of a better healthcare system. The seminal Institute of Medicine report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, points to improved data infrastructure as the top priority for achieving better care, system improvement, and the generation of new knowledge. And rapid adoption of electronic … Continue Reading.
The Daily Beast recently ran an article, The App Based Healthcare of the Future, which was refreshingly honest about the limitations of apps, wearables, and other health tech to drive better health for all. The article contends that: There’s a need for the new wave of health tech to build some form of wellness literacy…This … Continue Reading.
When we conceived of the Maternity Neighborhood, we imagined a continuously improving healthcare ecosystem with women and babies at the center. We believe there’s no greater story of population health than one that starts with giving the best care to the population from the very beginning, and to the women who grow and care for … Continue Reading.
If you’re reading this post, you are likely someone with a keen interest in maternity care. It’s not hard to have an interest in maternity care, after all each of us has been born and therefore knows at an intrinsic level that birth is the single most important thing that happens to humans. It’s the … Continue Reading.
We are entering our second year as AABC’s technical research partner for the Strong Start for Mothers & Newborns grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The aim of the Strong Start project is to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. Specifically, the study is … Continue Reading.
A huge part of our vision here at Maternity Neighborhood relies on collaboration with strategic partners. We recognize the influence that technology can have on practice and behaviors and believe that through alliances with organizations that represent our community in the professional and political realms we can have more impact with everything we design and … Continue Reading.
Amy Romano, MSN, CNM has joined Private Practice as Vice President of Health Ecosystems. Amy Romano CNM, MSNChildbirth Connection’s former Transforming Maternity Care Partnership Director will oversee the new Maternity Neighborhood, a series of modular tools for client engagement, patient-centered outcomes research, and clinical quality improvement that can securely exchange data on Private Practice’s … Continue Reading.
[youtube id=”a19_6qQoA8s”] Last week, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Consumer Reports were buzzing about something most Private Practice users have been doing all along…sharing your charts with your clients. The source of all the excitement are the results of a year long study that surprised even the most seasoned healthcare veterens. … Continue Reading.
British midwives don’t “take a patient’s medical history” they “listen to her story”. As Certified Nurse Midwife Holly Kennedy, president of ACNM, highlighted in her qualitative study of “normalized birth” in the UK, this simple semantic difference can lead to a dramatic change in how care is perceived by our clients. Midwives in the … Continue Reading.