What Have We Learned & Where Are We Going?

by Emily Hamilton, MDCM Senior Vice President, Clinical Research, PeriGen “In the New Year, you carry all the experiences of the past years and that is the greatest power of every New Year! This year, you are less student and more master!” ~Mehmet Murat Ildan, Contemporary Novelist & Playwright   Just as individuals gain experience Continue Reading

Obstetrics: overlooked ACO domain

Obstetrics is one area in which ACOs can make a huge difference. ACO approach promises to reduce risks, lower cost June 23, 2014 There are many dimensions to the Accountable Care Organization challenge, including the logistics of changing a well-established acute care model, the process of configuring the network, analyzing IT capabilities across the spectrum and determining Continue Reading

Reducing Birth Brain Injuries with EFM Pattern Monitoring

  By Emily Hamilton, MDCM, Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, PeriGen Birth-related brain injury, although rare, carries a high rate of devastating consequences for all involved. These consequences can include lifelong disability for the child, family breakdown, multi-million dollar settlements in litigation, and a demoralized medical professional who oftentimes elects to cease obstetrical practice. Continue Reading

Healthcare IT and the Promise and Curse of Dimensionality

January 13, 2014 by Emily Hamilton, MDCM, FRCSE, FACOG, Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, PeriGen Assessing the relationship between a suspected agent and a particular disease is a fundamental part of medicine. Treating causes of disease is beneficial. When a relationship is merely one of association, accordingly there is no therapeutic potential related to Continue Reading

Software Assistants for Doctors Are Making Progress

NY Times Bits story published 2/17/2013 by Steve Lohr Doctors have long been in the high-stakes information management business. They must quickly sort through a patient’s symptoms, comments, test results, records and history to come up with a diagnosis. The physician brings to each diagnostic encounter a storehouse of knowledge and experience, all that he Continue Reading

Shoulder Dystocia: Neither Predictable nor Preventable? Not Anymore!

In the Summer, 2011 issue of MD Advisor, MD Advantage shares the results of a three-year trial of the PeriCALM® Shoulder Screen™ tool, a web-based application to identify mothers at greatest risk of shoulder dystocia. Using PeriCALM Shoulder Screen, MD Advantage’s insured physicians were able to reduce the incidence of shoulder dystocia by 50%, with Continue Reading