What You Should Know:
- In a groundbreaking healthcare initiative, Sheba Beyond, one of world’s first virtual hospitals, and Nuvo Group, a pioneer in remote pregnancy monitoring solutions, have accelerated their partnership to transform the care of high-risk pregnant patients in times of crisis and beyond.
- Amidst the challenges posed by the recent war in Israel on October 7th, this advancement in the partnership marks a significant breakthrough in prenatal care, particularly for patients requiring inpatient maternal and fetal monitoring.
Transforming the Care of High-Risk Pregnant Patients in Times of Crisis
For over a year, Sheba Beyond has employed Nuvo’s remote monitoring technologies and other solutions to conveniently oversee pregnant patients who would otherwise need frequent visits to outpatient clinics. Amid Israel’s wartime challenges, Sheba Beyond creatively expanded its remote care initiatives, even de-hospitalizing high-risk inpatients. Drawing on their experience with INVU, Sheba enlisted Nuvo’s support to donate additional technologies, enabling the reallocation of critical resources to prioritize treating civilians and the wounded while maintaining exceptional care for pregnant patients.
The collaboration between Sheba Beyond and Nuvo Group exemplifies a new era in healthcare resilience, showcasing the effectiveness of remote pregnancy monitoring even in challenging circumstances. If these advantages can be realized during times of war, it is reasonable to expect lasting benefits during times of peace.
Benefits observed by Sheba Beyond in remote pregnancy monitoring include:
- Clinical Accuracy Remotely Delivered: Real-time data collection enables precise monitoring of fetal and maternal health indicators from the comfort of patients’ homes, eliminating the need for prolonged hospital stays.
- Resource Optimization: The technology has played a crucial role in freeing up hospital rooms and reallocating clinical staff to address critical needs during the war.
- Increased Efficiency: Remote monitoring enhances patient management with fewer resources, boosting staff productivity and the quality of patient care.
- Potentially Improved Patient Outcomes: Home care reduces maternal stress, potentially leading to better pregnancy outcomes, including increased gestational age, which may correlate with reduced NICU admissions. Further data is needed to confirm a direct causal link.
Patients and clinicians have reported positive experiences with the Sheba Beyond remote hospitalization program. Patients have attributed remarkable improvements in their health outcomes to the program, including one patient who said: “I am confident that there is a direct connection between my being hospitalized on a hybrid basis, performing all the necessary pregnancy monitoring tests remotely through your monitoring belt, and the fact that my test results improved. I managed to maintain the pregnancy from week 32 to week 37 when the doctors were certain that I would need to be induced at week 34. Continue with your amazing work, and I believe that this service should be provided in every hospital in Israel and around the world.”