Webinar: HIMSS State Briefing: Leveraging Health Information & Technology to Address the Maternal Mortality Crisis

Date: March 18, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CT


On behalf of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS), a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of the health ecosystem through information and technology, and our partner Reach, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit global social impact organization, you, or a designee, are invited to participate in a unique virtual briefing about the use of health information and technology to combat the maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. The event is Thursday, March 18, 1:00-2:30 pm eastern time

Why should you attend?

Nearly 75% of maternal death and injury in the United States is preventable. Yet, the rates of mortality and morbidity are increasing in the United States. In fact, among all developed countries, the U.S. has the highest fatality rates due to pregnancy complications. Data from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and March of Dimes has shown that delays in seeking care, lack of transportation, delays in diagnosing, misdiagnosis, and treatment delays are the top preventable factors. Further, studies have shown the pandemic has exacerbated these situations.

States with the Highest Rates (World Population Review 2020)

  1. Louisiana
  2. Georgia
  3. Indiana
  4. New Jersey
  5. Arkansas
  6. Alabama
  7. Missouri
  8. Texas
  9. South Carolina
  10. Arizona

HIMSS and Reach, through national advocacy and the work of state chapters, pledge to diligently work with state, local, and tribal agencies in the ten states above to tackle the maternal mortality crisis. Your participation as a public health/healthcare IT leader also supports the HIMSS’ Global Health Equality Network (GHEN) and Accelerate Health’s Global Maternal Health Tech Challenge. The Maternal Tech Challenge is bringing together innovators, patient advocates, government, payers, providers, and the community to crowdsource solutions to this significant crisis and to serve as the vehicle to address underserved communities and improve health and healthcare for all populations. With your assistance, HIMSS and Reach will explore current state policy research and technology adoption for opportunities to secure women’s health and safety during the prenatal and postpartum periods. This meeting will also seek to raise awareness about the National Save Moms Campaign and the National Remote Maternal Health Monitoring Demonstration Project, which supports those states that are willing to adopt digital health technology to improve maternal health and wellness. 

If you have any questions or for more information, please feel free to contact Valerie.Rogers@himss.org.