For Immediate Release: May 12, 2021
Contact: Shelley R. Schoenfeld, Chief Marketing Officer
Maternal Child Health Digital Therapeutic Program Expands Reach in Africa
Extending the Connection with Moms and Babies in Kenya
Asbury Park, NJ (May 12, 2021) – Based on successful outcomes and high patient satisfaction with moms enrolled in the Personal Concierge™ mobile patient engagement program, The Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu in collaboration with GoMo Health, is expanding its patient-centric mobile maternal child health program to more locations in Western Kenya in line with its footprint. The program, launched to support pre- and post-natal moms in Kisumu, Kenya, will now also support moms and their babies in the Kisii, Kenya region, with additional locations to follow. Another new addition includes the GoMo Health bot-driven triage process to identify and escalate postpartum depression indicators (an increasing healthcare concern worldwide, especially for Kenyan women) to human care coordinators for support.
“As part of our expansion of the GoMo Health program to other regions, we have integrated more behavioral health resources and support for these women including the use of the Edinburgh depression scale. Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu is committed to a patient centered approach that treats the whole person – physically and behaviorally – and GoMo Health enables us to extend whole person engagement into a patient’s lived environment – at home, work and play”, says Jane Wanyama, CEO, Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu Cluster.
Evidence-based data shows that women find it hard to access women’s health education partly due to the rural geography and far proximity to healthcare providers, and limited resources and time available with those resources if/when they are able to access facilities. The situation has worsened with the restriction on travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting better pre- and post-natal care through personalized messaging delivered via mobile allows Kenyan women to benefit from support and resources delivered regardless of location. GoMo Health leveraged its proprietary science, BehavioralRx®, the science of precision health, to design the program and determine the engagement strategy, approach, and content delivered.
Messages delivered are specific to each week of pregnancy, and once the baby is born, moms receive helpful information and resources up until baby is two years old. The Aga Khan Pre-Natal Personal Concierge program launched in 2017 provides guidance to mom’s mood swings, pregnancy symptoms, nutrition, baby’s development, smoking and alcohol, and preparing for birth. In 2019 it was expanded to post-natal – including information on depression in post-partum moms, infant care, breastfeeding, appropriate discipline, interaction, and language and literacy milestone development.
Learn more about our partnership and program with Aga Khan Hospital.
ABOUT GOMO HEALTH:
GoMo Health® applies a proprietary, evidence-based science of engagement, BehavioralRx®, to our cloud-based digital therapeutic, Concierge Care®, to actively extend care plans, and provide resources and support to people in their “lived” environments – enhancing outpatient care and impact. This outpatient care delivery model integrates support for psychosocial and physical needs to create personalized, behaviorally based care plans that empower patients in their own care management and healthy decision making. Connecting with patients via its’ Telehealth Triple Play™, GoMo Health using an intelligent mobile BOT to collect and triage patient data via home medical devices, conduct in the moment “conversations”, and gather electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO). This has proven to modify behaviors of patients with chronic and complex conditions worldwide, resulting in significant improvement in health outcomes and adherence, and decreased costs of care for providers, hospitals, health plans, employers, and life science companies.
Established in 1952, the Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu (AKHK) is a 70-bed acute care facility offering quality health care. The Hospital provides general medical services, specialist clinics, and high-tech diagnostic services, and has a well-equipped 24-hour emergency department. It is part of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) international referral system, with links to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi and Karachi respectively. AKHK has 13 outreach Health Centres that offer primary to secondary care in: Kisii (Now with Inpatient facilities), Kakamega, Kitale, Bungoma, Kericho, Kibuye-Kisumu, West End- Kisumu, Busia, Homabay, Kapsabet, Migori, Bomet, and Narok.