Maria Manriquez, MD

Maria Manriquez, MD


“I’m Dr. Maria Manriquez. I’m a professor
in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I focus my research on addiction medicine, specifically substance use disorder in pregnant and parenting women. We will be beginning some investigation in telehealth, so treating patients remotely through different means, particularly video means and the items that they may need to be able to enhance that care remotely — either in rural areas and, potentially in the future, even in their
home environment. So it’s that and I think we’re just putting a focus on how to design this better and how to get both it happening — because we all appreciate that it would
be a very good thing for patients in rural areas not to have to drive two/three hours
to see a provider. Not to mention, even in our urban areas, transportation is a big issue. So my plug: Our first will be basically an orientation to what telementoring is; so we’ll invite obstetrician gynecologists, primary care — so those individuals that are caring
for or it can be nurse practitioners, family medicine, anybody essentially that’s caring for pregnant and parenting women. So we’ll introduce what telementoring means and then after that, we’ll have two series. One is focusing on the standards and guidelines of taking care of patients
that have substance use disorder, specifically opioid use disorder in pregnancy and in lactation in between stages of reproductive life, as well as focusing on the Arizona Department of Health Services Pain and Addiction Curriculum. The telementoring actually has two parts.
A private company iTether approached me to be involved in an app, a phone app, that would be used by the patient to help self-manage their care; to communicate with the physicians that are caring for them; and to track their progress to give them motivational incentive to continue to stay on their prescribed health p…prescribed plan of care and/or their sobriety. This called me; this work has called me. The rewards are truly amazing. To see somebody who was in a place that was not really where they wanted to be and establish health and now start thinking about goals — things that they’ve never really thought about before
— and then watch them achieve their goals and have a completely transformed life, I
mean that is what I think we as physicians should provide — is health,
empowering people to be healthy.”

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