On December 7, the White House issued a national call to action to reduce pregnancy-related deaths and complications, or maternal mortality and morbidity (MMM). U.S. maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the developed world, and they are especially high among Black women and Native American women, regardless of their income or education levels. New technologies could help improve maternal health and reduce U.S. MMM rates.
On Jan. 18, 2022, NIH will hold a virtual workshop that brings together technology developers, medical device experts, small business innovators, implementation scientists, MMM researchers, and academic, industry, and community-based partners to explore technology to improve maternal health. The Technology to Improve Maternal Health workshop, which is supported in part by NHLBI and hosted by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), seeks to spark innovative collaboration among these groups to advance maternal health technology.
During the workshop, participants will identify technology gaps and consider how new technologies can be used to improve maternal health and ultimately treat or prevent MMM. They also will discuss the needs of the birthing community, the impact social determinants of health can have on pregnancy outcomes, and innovative care solutions. They will discuss, as well, the need for low-cost, accessible, technology-based strategies, and ways the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs might help address those strategies.
View agenda and meeting materials: https://bit.ly/3DyaOwa.
The event is free and open to the public. Register for the Zoom event: https://bit.ly/3ELhKYa.
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