MoM Project Newsletter: January 2017
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Happy New Year! 

from the Mobile Maternity (MoM) Project Team
Thank you for your interest and support for the project last year. We're excited to start 2017 with the MoM Newsletter containing highlights and updates on the ongoing project.

About Mobile Maternity (MoM)

Telehealth Obstetrics Services

The Mobile Maternity (MoM) Project is a telehealth obstetrics pilot initiative launched in the Kootenay Boundary region in the south west part of BC to increase primary health care capacity and improve patient outcomes by developing and implementing a telehealth obstetrics service for rural and remote pregnant women who face challenges of accessing specialist care close to home.

The telehealth service allows the patient  to “meet” with her out-of-town Obstetrician and Project Lead, Dr. Shiraz Moola using videoconferencing technology. Patients in rural communities can videoconference with Dr. Moola, in both emergent and non-emergent situations.

Emerging evidence reflects the physiologic morbidities and the substantial cost for both mothers and newborns who need to travel significantly to access care. Further, rural family physicians and midwives have expressed the need for a more collaborative maternity-care infrastructure, whether or not they do planned local deliveries.

Click! Visit the website to learn more
MoM featured in Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) Newsletter
September, 2016
Click! Read full article "Mobile Maternity (MoM) project brings OB care closer to home"
Great News! 
The MoM Project team will be at the Quality Forum for a Rapid Fire presentation. 
Quality Forum 2017, Vancouver BC 
Friday March 3, 2017 – 9:45am

Our Recent Trip to Communities 

In the second week of November, the MoM team visited 5 participating communities in Grand Forks, Creston, New Denver, Kaslo and Nakusp to meet face to face with providers, test out videoconferencing technology and encourage providers to adopt the new service. Potential barriers and concerns were addressed as well. Project Manager Mona Mattei initially visited the communities in September to distribute iPads and orient providers. The face to face communication with on-site providers was necessary to engage providers participating in this new service. More trips will happen in the new year.   

Click! See the latest blog post on the November Trip!  
Project Lead Dr. Shiraz Moola tests out the mobile video conferencing cart in New Denver while Dr. Michael Magier and Dr. Chuck Burkholder demonstrate using the ultrasound equipment. Using an iPad in one location, the system allows physicians to link anywhere within Interior Health including trauma rooms like this one in New Denver.

Consultations & Feedback Data

The MoM project held its first telehealth consultation with Dr. Moola in October last year. Both emergent and non-emergent consults are considered for telehealth with the specialist triaging referrals as they come in for suitability. Consults generally include the primary care provider videoconferencing with Dr. Moola alongside the patient to address any medical concerns and complete physical examinations on the patient on behalf of the specialist.

So far, the team is seeing timely feedback from both practitioners and patients following consults. Recent review of data from the past months showed high satisfaction with the service and positive responses from both patients and providers. Benefits of the service addressed by patients included not having to take time off work or travel long distances on the dangerous winter roads for the appointment. Providers noted specialist support for coordinated care planning, as well as learning opportunities as highlights of their experience to date. Data will continue to be collected through interviews with providers and patients as the project progresses. 
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