Study Finds Maternity App May Lead to Healthier Pregnancies, Outcomes

The Wyoming Department of Health alongside Wildflower Health announced today that research published in Telemedicine and e-Health shows that Medicaid patients who used mobile maternity app WYhealth Due Date Plus were “significantly more likely to have a first trimester prenatal visit, and experienced reduced incidence of low-birth weight babies.”

We’re told that Wildflower Health’s application includes educational information on pregnancy and connects app users with relevant health care and community resources.

Study results suggest that use of the WYhealth Due Date Plus application was associated with a statistically significant increase in the completion of prenatal visits at least 6 months before delivery—an important HEDIS measure and milestone in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and delivery. A Medicaid member was estimated to be 76% more likely to have a 6-month or more prenatal visit if she was an app user.

Per a provided media release, analysis also found an association between use of the app and lowered incidence of low-birth weight delivery. Low-birth weight increases the risk for short-term and lifelong health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. A Medicaid member was estimated to be only 25% as likely to have a low-birth weight baby if she was an app user.

The study appears as original research in the peer-reviewed journal Telemedicine and e-Health.

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