10 Feb

The Making of a Vision…

of the Future of Obstetrics

Vision of the Future of ObstetricsMeanwhile, at the bedside, forward-thinking clinicians are hungry for more 
focused solutions for long-standing challenges within their specific service lines. 
At home and in business, they have seen technology streamline and often improve their experience and they are looking for the same in their clinical practice.

Obstetrics is particularly well positioned to benefit from advanced systems. 
Suffering from high malpractice exposure, a shrinking population of hands-on 
clinicians and patient profiles with increasing complexity, many of the country’s leading obstetricians are looking to augment traditional training and education with tools designed to address specific weak links in the care process.

To this end, PeriGen, the leader in Clinical Decision Support (CDS) systems for obstetrics, assembled an advisory group tasked with:

• Describing current patient care challenges
• Prioritizing where in OB that technology can have the most positive impact
• Defining the scope of research projects to demonstrate the impact

This multidisciplinary group, comprised of obstetric chairs of top health systems, experienced labor & delivery clinicians, a leading malpractice attorney, and perinatal software creators, came together to create a road map for a new era of HIT and clinical synergy in obstetrics.

That road map, “A Vision of the Future of Obstetrics,” is now available free on the Apple Store and as a PDF download

01 Feb

New Online User Training Module

PeriGen PeriCALM Patterns pattern recognition fetal monitoring softwareUsing a tool called Articulate that combines slides, screenshots, videos and custom audio, PeriGen is pleased to make a new online training tool available for PeriCALM® Patterns™.

The online training module is part of PeriTrain, PeriGen’s family of training tools that allow both seasoned and new users to get the most of their PeriCALM investment. Each module of PeriTrain includes visualization of screens, detailed features reviews, and quizzes that enhance learning. The program also keeps track of your progress through the module so that you can come back to where you left off easily.

The PeriCALM Patterns modules supplements the existing unit for PeriCALM® Tracings™ and the “Power User Tips & Tricks” video available on the PeriGen Customer Portal.

Click now to start the PeriCALM Patterns Online Training

14 Jan

PeriGen looking for IT Project Manager

Join the PeriGen team as a full-time IT Project Manager and discover the satisfaction of doing work worth doing. In addition to days filled with smart people, meaty challenges, and innovative solutions, you’ll know you’re helping US hospitals provide better care for mothers and newborn babies.

This position manages implementations and upgrades of PeriGen hospital software in the US and Canada.

General Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Develop and manage a detailed project plan in accordance with contracted scope
  • Ensure that assigned projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
  • Identify and manage project dependencies and critical path activities
  • Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate change control procedures
  • Plan, conduct and document weekly project team status calls
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
  • Proactively identify, resolve and escalate, when necessary, any issues and conflicts on the project
  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of projects
  • Measure project resource and financial performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Successfully manage the relationship with the client and all stakeholders
Required Experience:
  • Minimum 3 years of Project Management experience
  • Proven project management experience in software implementations, including interfaces.
  • Medical device / hospital software implementations is a plus
  • Solid technical background with understanding and/or hands-on experience in client-server based software implementations
  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal/telephone communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite including MS Project
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • PMP certification is a plus, but not required
  • Home-based position
  • Includes up to 50% overnight travel based on implementation schedule.
  • Must be able to rent a car and fly.
  • Commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package
Please submit resume and salary requirements via email
13 Jan

Becky Cypher’s latest research

Rebecca Cypher, PeriGen Chief Nursing Officer

PeriGen’s Chief Nursing Officer, Becky Cypher, was part of a research team that evaluated data on the effect of elective induction on cesearean delivery rates with findings indicating that the cesarean rates were not doubled in this group.  The article outlining the team’s results was accepted and published in last month’s Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Click to access the article through PubMed

About Rebecca Cypher

As Chief Nursing Officer, Becky applies her clinical and education experience to helping broadcast PeriGen’s advanced fetal surveillance and decision-support software.  In addition, her schedule is kept full with educational EFM events and presentations.

14 Dec

CheckList wins Fierce Innovation Award

PeriCALM CheckList wins Fierce Innovation AwardWe just received word that PeriCALM CheckList has won this year’s Fierce Innovation Award in the Clinical Information Management category.

CheckList was selected by a distinguished panel of CIOs from leading US hospitals and healthcare systems, including Allina Health, Rush University Medical Center, and JFK Health System.  Finalists were evaluated based on care efficiency, competitive advantage, financial impact/value, market need, patient experience, quality of care, and patient outcomes.  The annual award competition is sponsored by the publisher of FierceHealthcare and FierceHealthIT.

Introduced earlier this year, PeriCALM CheckList was created to help hospitals improve compliance with protocols that depend on electronic fetal monitoring. PeriCALM CheckList continuously analyzes fetal heart rate and contractions to identify concerning trends, even those occurring faintly and over a long expanse of time. This level of vigilance and standardization is especially effective when administering oxytocin (a commonly used drug that stimulates contractions).

PeriCALM CheckList simplifies the checklist process by accurately and automatically counting and summarizing specific fetal heart rate and contraction patterns. The color coded displays of PeriCALM CheckList provide quick visual cues when specific criteria have been exceeded. PeriCALM CheckList criteria can be customized by each hospital or health system according to their protocols that govern clinical care.

“Adverse outcomes during childbirth … can bring severe financial consequences when care does not follow widely accepted practices,” says Matthew Sappern, PeriGen Chief Executive Officer. “PeriCALM CheckList is a powerful tool for helping clinicians meet expected standards of care.  We’re proud that its potential to drive better outcomes has been recognized.”

Click to see the official news release “PeriCALM CheckList wins Fierce Innovation Award”

11 Dec

Painting the future of OB

by Matthew Sappern, Chief Executive Officer

If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning. – Larry Page, ex-CEO of Google

PeriGen is painting the future of OB

I hope this edition of PeriNews finds you well.

Few and far between are the individuals like Larry Page, quoted above, who possess the relentless internal motor, intellect, confidence, and sheer moxie to single handedly drive high degrees of change.

As a motivated, inquisitive but mere mortal by comparison, I like to work with others to identify areas of real need and approaches to meeting them.  I’d like to think that Larry and I will end up in the same place — changing the world — but that my party has more people!

When meeting with health systems, I am often asked “Why is PeriGen different from the other fetal surveillance vendors?”  It is an easy answer.  Continuing innovation and clinical improvement is central to our culture.  We maintain medical staff.  We maintain research staff.  We continually interact with our clients to look for new avenues where technology can help inform clinicians.

Proof of this was very evident during PeriGen’s recent OB 3.0 Leadership Conference. This tight-knit event brought together some really bright obstetric leaders, a handful of experienced labor & delivery clinicians, a few technology wizards, and a leading malpractice attorney to define the current challenges facing obstetrics today and their potential solutions.

The outcome of our discussions went well beyond the usual healthcare platitudes. We outlined our most pressing unmet needs and the characteristics of their potential solutions along with the scope of what we’ll need to do to make them happen.  Look for the eBook soon.

Work worth doing indeed.

10 Dec

An improved labor curve tool

Last week’s webinar, covering research on a new method to assess labor progress, continues to stimulate comment and debate. The session described a whole new labor curve concept, one that adapts to the multiple factors affect dilation directly and change as labor advances. Recent peer reviewed publications report a five-fold improvement in the rate of identification of first time mothers who actually underwent a cesarean for slow labor using the PeriCALM Curve compared to the rate using the current fixed labor curves that are based on time only (70% vs 12%).

The research, outlined in two articles recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was reviewed by Dr. Emily Hamilton during a lunchtime session offered by PeriGen. The session, titled “Rethinking the Labor Curve,” was recorded and can be viewed here.

Dr. Hamilton led the research team that applied a modern, mathematical approach to the assessment of labor. The team found that the utility of contemporary labor curves was limited because of, among other things, a wide degree of variation in the early stages of labor. In fact, it is not until late labor when dilation reaches six centimeters that this variation enters useful limits and the contemporary curves can be used. The new approach can be applied earlier to assess two essential processes for vaginal birth (dilatation and descent). Results are expressed with percentiles and graphs.

The video, access to the basic research, and the slides are available by clicking here.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions too.

08 Dec

Emily Weighs in on Healthcare Automation Article

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 3.52.52 PMEmily Hamilton, PeriGen’s SVP of Clinical Research, found it impossible not to weigh in on a recent discussion in the New York Times about the use of algorithms and automation in healthcare.

“There will always be a need to superimpose clinical judgment because no model or algorithm will account for all the factors influencing labor in every patient…”

Her observation about the importance of standardization in obstetrical care is drawing comment from both clinicians and patients from around the country.

Take a look and let us know what you think

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.


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

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