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Senators Reintroduce Bill to Improve Maternal Care Through Telehealth

Source: mHealth Intelligence

By Mark Melchionna


Two US senators have reintroduced a piece of bipartisan legislation to enhance the maternal care process through telehealth and other digital tools.

 – US Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation known as the Tech to Save Moms Act, which aims to leverage telehealth and digital health technology to promote maternal care outcomes.

The disparities common in healthcare are amplified among US patients seeking maternal care, making the US maternal death rate far higher than that of other comparably resourced countries. These are often racial and ethnicity-based healthcare disparities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the maternal mortality rate for non-Hispanic Black women in the US was 69.9 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2021. This rate was 2.6 times greater than that of non-Hispanic White women.

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