Maven Clinic, the world’s largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health, recently announced the appointment of Alex Peahl, MD, MSc, as the first Visiting Scientist to join its Visiting Scientist Program.1 The company’s newly formed program is designed to connect clinician innovators with the company to expand its clinical research roadmap and drive innovations within its model of care. Since its inception in 2014, the company’s model of care has supported better clinical outcomes, including lower NICU admissions, cesarean section rates and emergency room visits.2
Maven’s model of care is one of access and engagement, with round-the-clock access to its network of women and family healthcare providers in more than 30 specialties, a care advocacy focused on women’s health, pediatrics and parenting, as well as clinically approved curricula, courses and aftercare for its clinician members.
Peahl is a nationally recognized expert on redesigning and innovating prenatal care, with research focused on improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of reproductive health care. As a visiting scholar, Peahl will provide strategic insight into Maven’s model of care to optimize patient experience and improve clinical outcomes.
Prenatal care is one of the most common preventive services in the United States: more than 98% of the nearly 4 million patients who give birth each year receive at least some prenatal care. Until the COVID-19 pandemic, the provision of antenatal care had remained largely unchanged since 1930.
“Through my clinical practice and research, I have seen how our current model of boilerplate prenatal care fails to meet patients’ medical and support needs and preferences,” Peahl said. . “I have discovered that adapting prenatal care is essential to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of prenatal care for all patients, especially those who face the greatest barriers to care. As a Visiting Scientist, I am excited to share my insights with Maven and collaborate with its clinical team to advance the company’s model of care, designing and investigating new, high-value patient-centric approaches. patient, for the provision of maternity care.”1
Maven also announced the launch of its Digital Innovation Fellowship and welcomed Ayotomiwa Ojo, MD, MPP candidate at Harvard Medical School, as its first Digital Innovation Fellow. Along with Peahl, Ojo will help advance Maven’s clinical strategy and research.1
“Women and families deserve a higher level of care than they receive,” said Neel Shah, Chief Medical Officer of Maven Clinic. “Reinventing the maternal health system will require translating cutting-edge science from the world’s top universities to the front lines of care. [Dr.] Peahl and [Ms.] Ojo is one of the most gifted clinical innovators I have ever worked with.1
- Maven Clinic. Maven Clinic welcomes nationally recognized expert in prenatal care innovation, Dr. Alex Peahl, as its first guest scientist. Prnewswire.com. Published January 26, 2022. Accessed February 3, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/maven-clinic-welcomes-nationally-recognized-expert-on-prenatal-care-innovation-dr-alex-peahl-as-first-visiting-scientist-301468542. html
- Maven’s presentation at ACOG looks at delivery results for Maven members. Mavenclinic.com. Published 2021. Accessed February 3, 2022. https://www.mavenclinic.com/post/mavens-presentation-at-acog-examines-delivery-outcomes-for-maven-members