Department of Health and Human Services recognizes innovative program improving postpartum care for at-risk mothers statewide in Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. – CyncHealth, the designated health information exchange (HIE) for Nebraska and Iowa servicing over 6 million people, Collective Medical, a PointClickCare company, and Innsena, a healthcare and health IT strategic consulting agency, won a Department of Health and Human Services’ Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge, including federal funding of $40,000, for their innovative postpartum care program in Nebraska.
The award recognizes the collaborative work to improve postpartum care for Black, African American, American Indian and Alaska Native parents with high-risk conditions who participate in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by significantly reducing maternal morbidity and mortality. Initial work has begun in Omaha, Nebraska and is expected to expand statewide as part of a second phase.
The maternal health program supports healthy outcomes throughout pregnancy and postpartum journey by helping healthcare teams identify at-risk mothers and infants to enable improved and informed care coordination before, during and after delivery. By utilizing critical system, clinical and community strategies that address gaps in caring for Black, African American and American Indian and Alaska Native care, outcomes and conditions that are typically associated with lacking health services and support are prevented.
Nebraska, which ranks 19th nationwide in maternal morbidity, faces significant racial disparity in maternal morbidity and mortality. In Douglas County, Black infant mortality rate is 14.5 in every 1000 births, which is more than double the rate of White and Hispanic infant mortality.
“This program places the person first by connecting the health providers with timely and accurate information for the right care at the right time, which is one important way to reduce the inequity in infant and maternal morbidity for Black or African American and American Indians/Alaska Native women and infants,” shares Mandira Singh, SVP, GM, Acute and Payer Markets at PointClickCare.
“Parents need to focus on their family and their health. Availability of data places the family at the center of care by using technology that connects the dots along their journey for the right care at the right time,” says Jaime Bland, President and CEO of CyncHealth.
CyncHealth is the designated health information exchange (HIE) for Nebraska and western Iowa, connecting over 5 million lives and 1,135 facilities and counting. These cross-connections are community-wide, consisting of hospitals, specialty hospitals, rural health clinics, specialty clinics, long-term post-acute care facilities, and other entities that have valuable data for monitoring the health of populations. CyncHealth empowers participating clinicians to provide better care for patients by having instant access to comprehensive and longitudinal health history, including patient encounter-level reports, diagnostic history, allergies, immunizations, and laboratory results from participating facilities. For more information, visit https://cynchealth.org/.
About Collective Medical, a PointClickCare Company
Collective Medical, a PointClickCare company, proudly offers the largest combined acute and post-acute healthcare real-time care collaboration network in the United States including data from more than 2,700 hospitals and more than 27,000 post-acute care facilities nationwide. Collective improves health outcomes by placing the right insights in front of any individual provider along a patient’s journey to inform and encourage the right action for the patient. Collective is proven to help organizations—including health care providers, health plans and government agencies—bridge gaps relative to visibility of patient encounters inside and outside of their organization, empowering them to meaningfully collaborate on even their most complex patients. For more information, visit https://collectivemedical.com/.
Innsena is a healthcare and health IT strategic consulting and communications agency. Innsena is a critical consulting partner to CyncHealth and Collective Medical and will provide market strategies and policy recommendations to ensure successful deployment of the program across the entire state. For more information, visit: https://www.innsena.com/.
Innsena for CyncHealth