December 2016 – Published in the American Journal of Perinatology Reports, the authors of this article concluded that “the use of a prognostic test for reducing spontaneous preterm birth is a dominant strategy that could reduce costs and improve outcomes.”  Other findings from the report state that preterm birth risk testing and intervention could result in:

  •  23.5% reduction in infant mortality (approximately 2,000 fewer neonatal deaths per year)
  • 27.7% reduction in acute conditions at birth
  • 23,430 fewer preterm births per year
  • $511 million reduction in direct medical costs to the US healthcare system from preterm infants in the first year of life