19 Sep

What testing an airplane & obstetrics have in common

What aviation testing can teach us in labor & delivery

5 men test a new aircraft. The pilot, has never flown the new plane. He’s supported by the chief test pilot, a mechanic, a manufacturing rep, and his co-pilot.

They take off, a smooth climb. The nightmare begins. The plane turns on one wing, falls and bursts into flames killing two people.

What went wrong? What does it have to do with obstetrics?

Rebecca Cypher, PeriGen’s Chief Nursing Officer, explains how a midair stall could have been prevented and what it can teach us in labor & delivery during “Pilot to Co-Pilot: Interpretation & Communication in Electronic Fetal Monitoring.”

The limited-space free CEU event, scheduled for 11-1 on Oct 17th in New Orleans, will be held at

Hilton New Orleans Airport
Pontchartrain Room
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA

A buffet lunch will be served

Register today using the form below

27 Aug

The nurse influencers

Christine Burke, VP, Synova AssociatesThe influencers:
How will nurses change the landscape of healthcare?

A guest post by
Christine (Chrissy) Burke
Vice President
Synova Associates, LLC

Here is a short except from a conversation I had recently with Patricia (Pattie) Bondurant, DNP, RN. She has served in numerous executive and front line nursing leadership roles and is particularly passionate about the increasingly important role that nurses play in changing the landscape of healthcare.

Chrissy: You will be the closing speaker at the Perinatal Leadership Forum in November and I know that you are particularly intrigued that nurse leader responsibilities seem to be shifting dramatically from day to day management of the patient care areas to now building systems of care. Perinatal nurse leaders are becoming the primary architect in creating a safe environment. This is a great time to be in healthcare, right?

Pattie: Yes, these are really exciting times. Healthcare is facing unprecedented challenges, and nurses must play a major role in meeting them. We hear so much negative – to quote Gandhi “let’s be a part of the change we want to see.”

Chrissy: How do you propose we seize this opportunity, Pattie?

Pattie: It’s time for us to be accountable and influence healthcare in a meaningful way, tapping in to nurses’ innovation and the unique skills that nurses have to transform care. We have made such great strides by working with our physician colleagues and executive teams together locally, what does our work look like at a regional and national level? We need to keep going and continue to inspire these advances on a larger scale.

Chrissy: So you are talking about personal influence?

Pattie: Influence is the most nuanced – but highest level – leadership skill that we can learn. Kenneth Blanchard, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world says, “The Key to Successful Leadership today is Influence, not Authority.” Nurses are well respected, and we need to develop our influencing skills to be successful in healthcare now. How we connect, lead, and set imperatives as leaders is critical. I see so many talented front line nurses take all different types of initiatives – large, small, challenging, essential – and move them forward to improve outcomes. Let’s also not forget about how this ultimately affects the experience of our patients and families. The ability to influence this work is both critical and extraordinary.

Chrissy: If I was a nurse director or manager interested in attending this conference, tell me what I will come away with after your closing keynote?

Pattie: Nurse Managers and Directors are on the front line – so the question comes to us: What can we do as nurse leaders to influence changes that are taking place in healthcare? This is really about changing relationships. It’s about understanding that our old ways won’t open new doors for our profession. It’s about raising the bar for accountability for ourselves and within our teams. It is about partnering with our physician colleagues. It’s about understanding measurement of data and how it is threaded through our everyday lives in the hospital so we can make informed decisions. Many of us are doing it now on many different levels. I want to hear about these advances and see the results evolving to bigger things for nurse leaders.

Chrissy: What’s the call to action for perinatal leaders everywhere?

Pattie: We have an opportunity to create and leave a legacy in a very unique way in caring for mothers and babies. Who do we want to be? How can we continue building on our current contributions locally and paint a larger swath of responsibility? As health care incrementally transforms, there will certainly be increased opportunities to place nurses at the center of the conversations, development, and implementation of new roles and new models of care.

Chrissy: What can I do as a leader to make my contribution to the healthcare landscape?

Pattie: This shouldn’t be an added burden to our current roles. We should be doing this instead of what we have always done. This is a positive message that will continue to move nursing and nurse leaders forward. We are moving away from fee-for-service systems and toward paying for improved outcomes, which create opportunities for nurses. Payment changes, based in part on improved patient outcomes—such as with shared savings in accountable care organizations and bundled payments—will allow nursing contributions in the area of wellness, telehealth, and care coordination for patients with chronic conditions. Nursing is asked to architect these systems, across care boundaries and then lead these multi-directional teams. How we can work with our leadership teams to continue to be in belief and alignment with these forward thinking goals to improve the health of our patients and communities? Imagine the future for mothers and babies; healthier communities, healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, all leading to better outcomes. We are stronger together when we look across the continuum of care.

It’s like Kid President says, “This is your time. This is my time. This is our time! Create something that will make the world awesome!”

Are you seeing these same themes emerge in your facility or community? There are so many nurses ready and able to ‘take this ball and move it down the field’. Are you ready to execute? Join us at the 2016 Perinatal Leadership Forum and let’s see what we can do as a perinatal community. Let’s do this together! See you in San Antonio!

14 Jun

New Patterns & CheckList Data Export

Now there’s a way to reduce
transcription, toggling, errors
with PeriCALM Data Export

New PeriCALM Data Export Feature

PeriGen introduces a new data export feature for Patterns and CheckList

PeriGen introduces the latest data integration improvement to PeriCALM® Patterns™ and PeriCALM® CheckList™: A data export feature designed to reduce time spent on transcribing EFM data and toggling between systems to capture and post it.

The new feature, the result of feedback received by a large number of labor & delivery clinicians at the 2015 AWHONN Convention, as well as current customers, was launched at PeriGen’s booth at this month during the annual AWHONN Convention in Grapevine, TX.

How PeriCALM Data Export Works

Patterns and CheckList data export allows PeriCALM users to select 15- or 30-minute EFM summary information for posting into an annotation and, where enabled, designated EHR fields in real-time with just a few clicks of the mouse.

The new features adds an icon that activates selection of a specific section of tracing and generates an Export Dialog.  The dialog automatically populates with a summary of FHR and uterine activity measurements for the specificed time range, as calculated by PeriCALM Patterns or CheckList.

This EFM data points are customizable and can include baseline, variability, the number and types of decels, etc.  The feature also allows the user to modify each data point and add comments.  Once reviewed and approved by the user, the data Export button sends the data to the tracing as an annotation.  If the associated EHR is configured to accept this data, the same click can send it to the EHR with a time, date, and user stamp.

The feature is designed to provide real-time data while saving labor & delivery clinicians time that’s currently wasted on transcription, toggling between screens and systems, and cumbersome calculations better handled by computer.

In early tests of the new feature, one user found she saved 5 minutes an hour while charting.  PeriGen will be conducting research to measure time-savings before and after the new data export feature is introduced at client hospitals.

Email perigen@perigen.com or contact your Client Executive to participate in these studies or see a demonstration of the new data export feature.

13 Jun

Full House for PeriGen Reception @ AWHONN

Short Stories of OB Malpractice

Full House for

“Short Stories of OB Malpractice &

How They Might

Have Been Avoided

Stephen Brzezinski, a leading OB malpractice defense attorney from Kitch, Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, and Emily Hamilton, PeriGen Senior Vice President of Clinical Research presented to a packed house of labor & delivery directors, clinicians, educators, and risk managers last night at the AWHONN Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

The invitation-only presentation focused on factors leading to OB malpractice complaints as well as recent malpractice actions involving labor & delivery clinicians and offered practice strategies and discussion on how they might have been avoided.

Presentation slides are now available here

PeriGen is also exhibiting at the AWHONN Convention (Booth 615), where the event team will be offering demonstrations of the latest features of the PeriCALM obstetric decision support system, an electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) system that provides “safety net” benefits for labor & delivery clinical teams.

PeriGen is dedicated to helping prevent OB malpractice by providing enriched data that support clinical decisions at the bedside, at the nurses station and to providers remotely.

17 May

How US L&D Nurses fixed a problem

A story of cutting double chartingThis is a story about how labor & delivery nurses from across the United States fixed a problem.  And it’s not a fairy tale.  It all started at last year’s AWHONN National Convention when PeriGen asked those who stopped by the booth one simple question:

What’s your biggest EFM challenge?

The overwhelming answer:  Double documentation.  The waste.  The toggling between EFM and EHR. The resulting headaches, the inaccuracies, and the overtime.

We came back from the convention and got to work.  This year, again at the AWHONN National Convention at Booth 615, we’ll showcase our answer.  A way to cut double charting and way to help OB nurses spend more time on what matters most to them.

We’re even giving those who visit Booth 615 a chance to take home the gift of time, right away in the form of PeriGen’s “Gift of Time” watches.  Stop by and see the answer to your double charting challenges — and feel free to give us the next challenge on your list.

Click now to reserve your personal demonstration

18 Feb

AWHONN CA Section Conference

What you need to know…

The average temperature in San Diego is a bit cooler this time of year, usually in the 50’s, so you’ll be less tempted by the fun stuff to do while you’re attending this year’s California AWHONN Section Conference.  Nevertheless, there’s plenty of temptation.  Which of these would be your favorite?

Click to schedule a review of CheckList while you’re in San Diego
11 Sep

PeriGen @ Perinatal Leadership Conference

perintal leadershioPeriGen will be exhibiting at this year’s Perinatal Leadership Conference, November 11-14 in Dallas, TX. The conference. sponsored by Synova Associates, is a networking and learning event that focuses on the current challenges faced by obstetric nurse leaders and their practical solution.

PeriGen’s support will include a brief breakfast presentation by Emily Hamilton, PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, to summarize the research and methods for the successful use of labor checklists at the bedside.

Obstetric checklists have been proven to be an effective means of applying protocols to care, but complying with their use remains a challenge for labor & delivery leaders.

PeriGen will also be demonstrating and providing complimentary ROI Analysis, for their perinatal software solutions, including PeriCALM CheckList at Booth #5.

09 Jun

Checklists simplified

PeriGen simplifies the use of obstetric checklists with PeriCALM CheckList solution

ChSolving the checklist challengeecklists are an integral part of everyday life for many of us. Whether you’re an airline pilot getting ready for an international flight or a vacationer packing suitcases to take that flight, checklists help ensure all the proper processes have been followed and all the details covered.

Checklists also play a central role in obstetrical patient safety. For example, nurses often use a checklist to help track critical data. Usually this means rolling out long tracings to manually count contractions and estimate accelerations, decelerations and other important statistics.

Of course, time spent counting and calculating is time not spent on caring for mothers and babies. That’s one of the reasons PeriGen is introducing its new PeriCALM® CheckList™ solution at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2015 Annual Convention this month. It simplifies the process by automatically counting and summarizing specific fetal heart rate patterns and other factors that are routinely tracked and displays color-coded trends as well as a live status indicator on the toolbar.

The displays provide quick visual cues when checklist criteria are present and persistent, helping nurses know when to take quick action.  The cues can be further customized to the preferences and practices specific to the hospital or health system. It’s a great way to maximize the value and effectiveness of a checklist program.

Is your organization using checklists for labor and delivery? If so, have they been easy to use, and are they delivering the expected benefits? If you haven’t been using them, any plans to start?