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Ovia Health presents two abstracts at the annual conference of the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine

February 19, 2019

At Ovia Health, we are regularly conducting academic-style, investigative research into common, and not-so-common, conditions and experiences related to reproductive health and wellbeing. 

We recently attended the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual conference to present some of our latest groundbreaking research. At SMFM, we presented two abstracts:

  • One abstract was from Ovia's data science team, where they used the power of machine learning and continuous patient engagement to predict the development of gestational diabetes using data users report daily (e.g., symptoms such as fatigue and blood pressure readings, personal health information, and personal demographic data including factors like BMI and age).
  • The other abstract we presented focused on our postpartum depression research. This research correlated scores on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) to the words used in anonymous posts users made in Ovia Health’s Community platform. The words in red were shared by women who scored at-risk for postpartum depression (based on their response to the EPDS), while the blue words were shared by women deemed not at risk (see image below). This word mapping project illuminated the potential importance of relationship stability and social support during pregnancy.

Both abstracts demonstrate the incredible insights that can be derived from Ovia’s vast and comprehensive database, and how we're using aggregate data to improve the health of women and families.

Word cloud of one- and two-word combinations posted to Ovia Pregnancy’s Community platform by women who scored either  ≤7 or 13+ on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.













Ovia’s research team is working on a number of other research projects with numerous partners. Our other research topics span from addressing the U.S. cesarean epidemic and improving access to interventions that can reduce the risk of preterm birth to conducting large scale retrospective analyses on Ovia Fertility data in order to better understand the fertile window and likelihood of conception. We’re excited to announce that we'll be presenting four new abstracts at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) annual conference in early May, as well.

To learn more about Ovia Health’s research capabilities, contact research@oviahealth.com 


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