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Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Participates in New Maternal and Infant Care Collaborative

Dec 08 2021

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia is participating in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Perinatal Improvement Collaborative of more than 200 hospitals in all 50 states. The collaborative is focused on improving maternal and infant health outcomes by reducing disparities. It is the first initiative to evaluate how pregnancy affects overall population health by linking inpatient data of newborns with their mothers. Einstein is the only hospital in the Philadelphia area included in the initiative.

The collaborative is overseen by the HHS Office on Women’s Health using real-time data, analytics and performance improvement methodologies from Premier Inc., a technology-driven healthcare improvement company. The collaborative will test interventions and protocols to reduce preventable deaths and complications among mothers and babies and the information will be shared as best clinical practices nationwide.

“It’s an honor to be one of the hospitals selected to participate in this effort and it’s exciting to join on the ground level,” says David Jaspan, DO, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Einstein Healthcare Network. “All of the hospitals have the same goal – to standardize quality care to ensure a safe delivery and a healthy newborn.”

The collaborative strives to address disparities in birth outcomes and examine how care could be tailored to mothers with different needs. Each hospital in the collaborative will capture more than 150 measures to understand clinical and non-clinical factors that impact overall maternal and infant health outcomes with an overarching focus on health disparities. Specific areas of focus include hypertension and other disorders, infection, and COVID-19.

To advance health equity, the collaborative will develop strategies to reduce persistent racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities and examine how care may be tailored to mothers with diverse needs. The end goal: Reduce risks for mothers and babies most susceptible to poor health outcomes.

The collaborative will investigate the outcomes of mothers and babies individually and together as a dyad. The data will shed new light on whether the direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality increase a newborn’s risk of lifelong health challenges.

The effort will be supported by an external advisory panel comprising more than 20 expert clinicians and thought leaders, and patient partners from MoMMA’s Voices, a coalition of advocacy organizations focused on eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity.

About Einstein Healthcare Network

Einstein Healthcare Network, a division of Jefferson Health, is a healthcare system with approximately 1,000 beds and more than 8,700 employees serving the communities of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pa. The Network is made up of three acute care hospitals including Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, the largest independent academic medical center in the Philadelphia region training over 3,500 health professional students each year with more than 450 residents and fellows in over 35 accredited programs; Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park; and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. The Network also includes MossRehab, consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top rehabilitation hospital in the nation; Willowcrest, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best nursing homes for short-term rehabilitation care in Philadelphia; outpatient care centers; and a network of more than 900 primary care physicians and specialists throughout the region. For more information, visit www.einstein.edu or call 1-800-EINSTEIN.

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