Cambridge hospital to offer new moms and dads aftercare app

Cambridge Memorial Hospital will be using the CoHealth app to communicate with parents leaving hospital after giving birth.

Parents leaving the Women and Children's Program will be encouraged to download the app

New parents leaving Cambridge Memorial Hospital will be encouraged to download CoHealth, an app that helps patients manage all their post-care information. (Shutterstock)

Cambridge Memorial Hospital has a new way to communicate with parents leaving hospital after giving birth. 

Starting Tuesday, new moms and dads will be asked to download CoHealth, an app that helps patients manage all their post-care information.

"There's just so much information for new parents to take in," said Zack Fisch Rothbart, CEO of CoHealth. "It's really hard, given what we've seen, to take all of that in and digest it."

He said CoHealth digitizes the educational material that parents would normally receive in verbal or paper form at the hospital and presents it in an easy to navigate smartphone app.

Info approved by hospital

Through the app, parents can manage their medications, set up health care appointment reminders, access information pamphlets and get connected to community services.

"We know that everyone is reading information online," said Gillian Dyck, patient experience lead at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and one of the people responsible for bringing the app to the hospital. 

Our hope is that early access and easy access to the information will help them to not feel so adrift.- Gillian Dyck, Cambridge Memorial Hospital

"The benefit is really providing them with information that we support, that we have vetted and that we feel very confident about, and giving it to them in a place and in a way that is easy to access."

She said all educational information provided to parents through the app has been approved by obstetricians and pediatricians at the hospital.

Starting Tuesday, parents will be given the option to download the app when they are admitted to hospital, but Dyck said they hope to introduce the app even earlier in a parent's pregnancy, by partnering with midwives and obstetricians. 

"Our hope is that early access and easy access to the information will help them to not feel so adrift," she said. 

Although the hospital is launching CoHealth in its Women and Children's Program, it said it plans to use the app in other departments as well.