The Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative solutions to help prenatal care providers remotely monitor the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, as well as place health data into the hands of pregnant women themselves as a tool to monitor their own health and make informed decisions about care. Solutions would especially benefit women who live in rural and medically underserved areas who have limited access to on-site prenatal care.
Many women who are low-income in both rural and urban communities face barriers in accessing prenatal care – barriers that continue into the postpartum period (i.e., up to 3 months post-birth). Personal barriers (e.g., work, childcare, transportation, education, culture, and language), health system barriers (e.g., hours of operation, and lack of services), and environmental barriers (e.g., location, and connectivity or cell phone coverage) make it difficult to attend prenatal and postpartum care appointments. The current paradigm for prenatal care includes 15 face-to-face visits with providers. The content of those visits includes critical medical services, risk assessments, patient education, and building of trusting patient-provider relationships. This challenge is designed to solicit innovative solutions that increase remote and virtual access to quality care for low-income pregnant women. Such innovations may include alleviating barriers to quality care and improving communications among patients, providers and/or broader support networks. Solutions will empower pregnant women with knowledge and tools to take charge of their health and their care.
What is the goal of the Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge?
This Challenge will support the development and testing of low-cost, scalable innovative solutions to improve the ability of prenatal care providers to monitor the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, while helping pregnant women to monitor their own health and make informed decisions about care.