Telemedicine in Obstetrics

Clin Perinatol. 2020 Dec;47(4):743-757. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2020.08.007.


Telemedicine is an important modality of care delivery in the twenty-first century and has many applications for the obstetric population. Existing research has shown the clinical efficacy and improved patient satisfaction of many telemedicine platforms in obstetrics. Telemedicine has the potential to reduce racial and geographic disparities in pregnancy care, but more research is necessary to inform best practices. Developing cost-effective telemedicine programs and establishing health care policy that standardizes insurance reimbursement are some of the most important steps toward scaling up telemedicine offerings for obstetric patients in the United States.

Keywords: Access to care; Health disparities; Mobile health; Rural health; Telehealth; Telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Echocardiography
  • Female
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Obstetrics*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Perinatology
  • Postnatal Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care
  • Reimbursement Mechanisms
  • Remote Consultation
  • Telemedicine*
  • Teleradiology
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal