Integrated Healthcare for Women
What is integrated health care?
With integrated health care, our health professionals collaborate to provide a range of treatments to enhance overall wellbeing.
Our health care team members from different medical fields share information on patient care and draw up a comprehensive treatment plan to address the biological, psychological and social needs of the patient.
This coordinated care improves access to health services and quality of care, and reduces overall health care costs. People get the care they need when they need it, in a more convenient way, and with more support for emotional wellbeing as well as physical health.
What is an integrated health care system?
Integrated health care systems – or integrated delivery systems – are partnerships of health service providers who plan and implement combined inpatient and outpatient health care services.
They create a more efficient and effective health care structure with a patient-centered focus that better meets people’s health care needs.
Our system is completely integrated clinically and operationally, with services delivered by a diverse group of health professionals, including physicians, nurses, and psychologists, depending on your needs.
What are some examples of integrated health care systems?
One example of an integrated health care system in the U.S. is the Essential Hospitals setup. It focuses on integrated care to meet the complex needs of people with chronic illnesses or those who’re economically disadvantaged or non-English speakers.
Integrated care delivery is a critical tool in overcoming the challenges of these types of cases to provide safe, cost-efficient and better-quality care. The need for this was emphasized in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Another example of an integrated health care system is Women’s Integrated Health Care. We provide a range of gynecological services at several clinics across Michigan. These services include well-woman care, infertility treatment, vulvodynia treatment, ambulatory and inpatient gynecological surgery, and comprehensive obstetric care – from preconception counseling to delivery and postpartum treatments.
Why is women’s health care so important?
The health of families and communities is tied to the health of women, who often provide the foundation for a family’s overall health. If they have access to quality health care, this can facilitate better health care for their children.
Another reason that women’s health care is so important is that in many societies women and girls face discrimination rooted in sociocultural factors. This can result in obstacles to attaining optimal health and is why female health is of particular concern worldwide.
Factors that can damage women’s physical and mental health include:
- Power bias in relationships with men.
- Physical, sexual and emotional violence.
- Social norms that limit educational opportunities and paid jobs.
What is the most important issue in women’s health?
One of the most important aspects of women’s health is that a woman’s well-being reflects her individual biology as well as her sociocultural, economic and physical environment – considerations that affect duration and quality of life.
Historically, women have also been the primary health care providers and health decision-makers for their families.
A critical factor in women’s health care is ensuring reproductive health. Another important issue in women’s health is that they’re made aware they’re at greater risk than men from certain medical conditions, including breast cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, depression, and heart disease – the leading cause of death among American women.
How is a woman tested for infertility?
Female fertility tests can take some time because infertility is a complex condition.
Diagnosis typically includes:
- Initial assessment, taking into account medical and sexual history.
- Measuring body mass index (BMI).
- Pelvic examination.
- Blood tests.
- Chlamydia test.
- Ultrasound scan or X-ray of womb and fallopian tubes.
If tests like these don’t result in a conclusive diagnosis, a laparoscopy may be performed by making a small incision in the lower tummy to insert a camera at the end of a thin tube.
Infertility treatment varies according to the cause, the woman’s age, how long they’ve been infertile, and personal preferences. Some women may need only one or two treatments to restore fertility but in other cases several different types of therapies may be needed.
What causes infertility in women?
Infertility in women is commonly caused by glitches with ovulation – the monthly release of an egg from the ovaries. An egg may not be released at all or only during some cycles.
Ovulation issues can be a result of thyroid problems – an underactive or overactive thyroid gland – or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Premature ovarian failure may also occur – the ovaries stop working before the age of 40.
Other infertility issues include previous pelvic surgery that has scarred the fallopian tubes linking the womb to the ovaries, or cervical surgery that has scarred or shortened the neck of the womb (the cervix).
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis occurs when bones become porous and weak and more vulnerable to fracture.
Bone is metabolically active – living tissue that changes throughout life, with old bone being continuously broken down and replaced with new bone. Osteoporosis develops when the body fails to form sufficient new bone and/or too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body. The most common causes of osteoporosis are ageing, low body weight, and genetics.
Broken bones due to osteoporosis are more common in women because:
- Bones weaken faster after menopause as estrogen hormone output decreases.
- Women tend to have smaller bones, which increases the risk of fracture.
- On average, women tend to live longer, and bones get weaker with age.
Can osteoporosis be prevented?
Nothing can be done about two causes of osteoporosis – aging and family history. But the risk of osteoporosis through low body weight can be decreased by achieving a higher body mass index. A BMI of less than 18.5 indicates being underweight, and a weight gain program may be recommended.
A healthy lifestyle in general – including exercise and a nutritious diet – also helps to reduce the risk of osteoporosis by ensuring bones remain as healthy as possible. Being active builds and maintains strong bones, while nutrients that help to keep bones in good condition include calcium and vitamins B and D.
What does obstetrics mean?
Obstetrics is combined with gynecology as a medical specialty called ob/gyn.
Obstetricians provide health care and treat complications unique to pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period, and perform surgeries related to labor and delivery.
Comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC) provides interventions to treat pregnant women and newborns experiencing serious complications. Treatments include cesarean sections, manual removal of placenta, and resuscitation of the baby.
Gynecologists specialize in the female reproductive system and look after women’s sexual and reproductive health, but don’t treat women who’re pregnant.
What is a Preferred Women’s Health Center?
A Preferred Women’s Health Center such as ours, provides reproductive health services and specializes in compassionate abortion care. The organization has clinics in safe and convenient locations in the southeastern U.S., in Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh and Augusta, with private appointments available.
We prescribe abortion pills and perform surgical and non-surgical vacuum aspiration abortion procedures. Other services include pregnancy tests, ultrasound, abortion counseling including psychology counselors offering emotional support, and helping women in need to find financial assistance.
The physicians at Women’s Integrated Health Care (WIHC) are board certified OB/GYNs, whose purpose is to provide comprehensive and quality health care.
Women’s Integrated Health Care was formed the common beliefs, ideals and goals of its physicians … patients come first, without exception.
Women’s Integrated Health Care offers a variety of gynecologic services including well woman care, infertility treatment, vulvadynia treatment, ambulatory and inpatient gynecologic surgery and comprehensive obstetric care from preconception counseling, to delivery to postpartum services.