FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is individualized computational care?
CARE THAT USES COMPUTATIONAL METHODS TO DELIVER TRULY INDIVIDUALIZED HEALTHCARE.
What does this type of care mean in terms of caring for pregnant women?
IT ALLOWS THE DELIVERY OF INDIVIDUALIZED CARE, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF RISK FACTORS AND PROTECTIVE CHARACTERISTICS WE ALL HAVE AND BY WHICH WE UNIQUELY DIFFER FROM EACH OTHER.
What type of data, predictive models, or decision tools you are using to deliver personalized care for each patient?
AT THIS MOMENT, WE ARE USING MODELS AND DECISION-MAKING TOOLS TO ANSWER ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS IN PREGNANCY: WHAT IS THE SAFEST FOR THE INDIVIDUAL PATIENT MODE OF DELIVERY, GOING INTO LABOR, OR CESAREAN DELIVERY? THE NEXT MODELS ARE COMING VERY SOON.
How does this type of care enhance a pregnant mother’s experience with her pregnancy, labor, and delivery?
ACCORDING TO THE PATIENTS, THE PERCEIVED BENEFITS ARE RELATED TO:
-INDIVIDUALLY BEST DECISION RATHER THAN ONE BASED ON AVERAGE RISKS AND BENEFITS IN PREGNANT WOMEN. SOME PATIENTS HAVE A HIGH RISK OF COMPLICATIONS IN LABOR, AND FOR THEM, CESAREAN DELIVERY IS A SAFER OPTION. FOR MOST PREGNANT WOMEN THE RISK IS VERY LOW AND LABOR IS SAFER.
-UNDERSTANDING AND FOLLOWING HOW THE INDIVIDUALLY OPTIMAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IS MADE AND WHY ONE OPTION IS SAFER THAN ANOTHER.
-MANY WOMEN PREFER THE QUANTITATIVE CHARACTER OF DECISION MAKING, THEY LIKE TO KNOW THEIR PROBABILITY OF RISK RATHER THAN QUALITATIVE –“THIS IS A BETTER SAFER OPTION"
-WOMEN LIKE THAT THE PREDICTION AND DECISION MAKING IS JUST A STARTING POINT WHICH A PATIENT WITH HER PROVIDER CAN MODIFY, BUT THE PATIENT DOES IT FULLY AWARE OF WHAT RISKS AND CHANCES SHE IS TAKING. PATIENTS HAVE EMPHASIZED HOW THEIR PERCEPTIONS ARE SHAPED BY INFORMATION FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES OR UNKNOWN QUALITY.
-MANY MORE… PLEASE SEE REVIEWS
Why is this type of care more difficult to deliver at this time?
EVEN A FEW RISKS FACTORS AND PROTECTIVE CHARACTERISTICS CREATE A VAST NUMBER OF UNIQUE COMBINATIONS WHICH DIFFERENTIATE EACH OF US FROM OTHERS. SOME OF THE COMBINATIONS ARE MORE IMPACTFUL OTHER LESS, BUT THERE ARE NO TWO IDENTICAL INDIVIDUALS. EVEN IDENTICAL TWINS ARE DIFFERENT.
ACCOUNTING FOR THIS MULTITUDE OF UNIQUE COMBINATIONS IS ONLY RECENTLY FULLY POSSIBLE WITH THE ADVANCE OF COMPUTING.
How pregnant women typically react to this type of care? How accurate is the data?
SO FAR, THE PATIENT AND PROVIDERS RESPONSE WAS ENTHUSIASTIC AND FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS. THE MODEL HAS BEEN VALIDATED IN OVER 16 MILLION OF PREGNANCIES SHOWING NEARLY PERFECT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PREDICTED AND OBSERVED OUTCOMES.
The individual prediction of the optimal mode of delivery and the risk of unplanned, in labor, cesarean delivery has been prepared based on, and was verified with, available data of all pregnancies occurring in the US over a multiyear period. This information is intended to aid in shared decision making about your delivery which is made together by you and your provider of care. The information and prediction is not intended for other purposes. This computational individual decision-making tool is designed as a guide to aid counseling and personal discussion with a health care professional and cannot replace it. Results provided by this tool are solely intended to assist shared decision making with your provider of care. The results cannot substitute for professional medical advice and counseling. Always seek the advice of a trained health professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before seeking any treatment. Proper medical attention should always be sought for specific medical issues. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking medical treatment. All results must be understood in the context of each patient’s specific condition(s). This
computational aid is not yet approved or recommended for use by any national regulatory authority or agency.