Hoppe’s telehealth program highlighted in SMPH alumni magazine

Tags: Kara Hoppe, maternal-fetal medicine

COVID-19 forced a rapid shift in how we deliver care, including a huge uptick in virtual visits. Appropriately, much of the Spring 2020 issue of Quarterly, the UW SMPH alumni magazine, focuses on telehealth innovations across the UW.

Kara Hoppe, DO, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is featured in the story “Telehealth and the Academic Mission” discussing her program for remote monitoring of postpartum hypertension:

“Researchers note that the telehealth approach with linked interventions to manage postpartum hypertension was associated with reduced hospital readmissions compared to standard care.

UnityPoint Health-Meriter found the results so persuasive that its Obstetrics and Gynecology Service instituted a blood-pressure telemonitoring service for postpartum women. In 2019, the program served 887 patients.

Hoppe says early research findings extend those of previous studies, but more research is needed to assess the value of the approach in various populations.”

Read the whole article here!