19 May

News from Ochsner Baptist

It’s been a short three months since PeriCALM® went live at Ochsner Baptist, but Melanie Williams, Director of Labor & Delivery is already seeing a positive impact.

“We’ve had 17 new nurses start since January 1st and PeriCALM Patterns is our saving grace,” says Melanie.

Like many obstetric units, Ochsner Baptist is seeing many of their more experienced clinicians retire and bringing on board less experienced nurses.  PeriCALM Patterns provides her team with a “safety net” for tracing assessment that, in conjunction with mentoring, reinforces their EFM skills in real-time, at a glance.

About Ochsner Baptist

Located in New Orleans, LA, Ochsner Baptist is home to a state-of-the-art Women’s Pavilion that makes it easier for women of all ages to connect to the expert they need. The site offers both standard and specialized obstetric and gynecological care that includes robotic surgery and high-risk maternal-fetal specialists.  The labor & delivery unit includes private perinatal and postpartum rooms, alternative birthing options such as water births and spa services.

About PeriCALM® Patterns™

Using NICHD guidelines, PeriGen’s patented pattern-recognition tool helps clinicians distinguish important labor trends.  While providing simultaneous, real-time viewing of FHR and contraction details, it also includes a four-hour view of the strip for trend analysis and visual cues that enable intuitive assessment of labor.  In addition, Patterns calculates and presents FHR patterns and contraction measures such as Montevideo units.

23 Mar

HIStalk interviews CEO Matt Sappern

Matthew Sappern is PeriGen's Chief Executive Officer“The Safest Place to
Have a Baby”

PeriGen CEO Matt Sappern shares an anecdote about his time at this year’s HIMMS conference.  Seems that a client CIO made quite an impression on those manning the booth of a major EHR vendor when he proclaimed that PeriGen was helping make his hospital be the safest place to have a baby.

Matt closes the interview with another great story about a cesarean avoided through PeriCALM’s power of delivering the right information in real-time at the bedside

Read the Inteview

23 Nov

Interoperability: The baby and the bathwater

Interoperability: How to keep the baby and the bathwaterDuring a recent interview with Health IT Interoperability, Bruno Bendavid, PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Product Management was adamant about not allowing the rush to achieve interoperability between healthcare systems erode the need for clinical system workflows that make sense.

“In today’s environment, rigid approaches do not necessarily help create effective, safe, and productive workflows for clinicians.”

In addition to weighing in on the side of uncompromised clinical quality, Bruno speaks to the growing importance of mobile-enabled solutions with easy-to-use interfaces.  “The movement to cloud-based technologies is growing and will be a ‘must-have’ for healthcare platforms,” states Bruno.

The interview, conducted by Frank Irving, outlines the current state of interoperability and important considerations for the road ahead.  In addition to Bruno’s perspective on integrating specialty systems such as those used by labor & delivery, the article includes sound bites by Nancy Ham of Medicity, Matthew Hawkins of Sunquest Information Systems, and Tom Lee of SA Ignite.

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Click here to hear more about Bruno’s advice for balancing clinical quality with enterprise interoperability

07 Oct

The PeriGen Journey

PeriGen featured in One Million by One Million Blog

The PeriGen Journey

During last week’s interview with Sramana Mitra,  the founder of One Million by One Million, Emily Hamilton outlined the long, often winding journey taken from her seed research into labor progress at McGill University to the forming of PeriGen to today’s fast growth as more and more hospitals realize the patient safety benefits of applying advanced technology to labor & delivery patient care.

She detailed how McGill’s mission of enabling world-class expertise and her love of “tinkering” led to government funding for the collaboration of a group of mathematicians, engineers, and clinicians that developed a totally new method — a mathematical model — for measuring labor progress, one designed to assess whether progress is normal or significantly abnormal to require intervention.

Emily describes how the new product was tested in her own backyard in Canada where almost all Montreal hospitals tested and then rolled out the prototype.  The hard part came with the attempt to extend reach into the Unites States.

“”It certainly was harder when I stepped outside of my backyard.  With novel ideas, there’s a fair bit of skepticism as well.  Obstetrics has a lot of medico-legal pressures so there’s a lot of fear of doing anything that’s new,” explains Emily.

Enter PeriGen

Joining Emily Hamilton during the One Million by One Million interview, Matthew Sappern (PeriGen’s CEO) explained the next leg of the journey.

“PeriGen is actually the combination of a company called E&C Medical, originally based in Tel Aviv, and LMS, Emily’s company in Canada.  E&C was trying to do pretty much what Emily’s team was rolling out.    The companies were brought together under the name PeriGen to offer their compelling technologies within the US market,” says Matthew.

The combination has proved to be a powerful one.  Under Matt’s leadership, PeriGen has gained avid evangelists for their technology among the obstetric and investing communities.  The result has been significant growth and a remarkable level of traction, especially in the last 18 months.

Click to read the entire interview on One Million by One Million