When a rural obstetrics provider encounters a patient with a challenging presentation, they often consult a colleague or reference material such as Perinatal Services BC guidelines. This process can be very time consuming, especially when time is of the essence and an understanding of the rural context is required in order to best manage the challenging case at hand. Thus, the program proposes the use of a virtual care system that provides access to relevant specialist support with a provider who understands the rural context.
Expansion of the Mobile Maternity Project (MoM) to meet the needs of rural obstetrics providers
The Mobile Maternity Project (MoM) is a virtual platform that aims to increase primary health care capacity and improve patient and population outcomes by developing and implementing an obstetrics telehealth service that will positively impact physicians and their patients. MoM allows patients to “meet” with their out-of-town Obstetrician using a computer monitor, video camera and microphone. At the moment, MoM is a pilot initiative currently implemented in a number of communities, with the objective of expanding once the pilot has been evaluated.