Modern mothers today want to be connected to more than just Facebook friends during their pregnancies, and D.C.-based start-up Babyscripts is leveraging that desire to improve care for expecting mothers before and after birth.
The company has developed an online program that is sold to doctors. The physicians sign up expectant moms, who might benefit from Babyscripts. Patients receive a Mommy Kit that includes a blood pressure cuff and scale that are wireless and FDA-approved. The devices remotely collect data from moms-to-be and send them to doctors to monitor via an app.
The data are then used to identify patients who may have readings outside of established parameters. The cost is around $300 per pregnancy for doctors, who can get volume-based discounts depending on how many patients they sign up, and free for expecting moms.
"Health care is rife with problems across the board. So we thought, why not use technology to improve outcomes and lower the cost of care?" says Anish Sebastian, chief executive and co-founder of Babyscripts. Patient data is collected in real time, and Babyscripts can notify health providers of any issues.