14 Sep

UCSF, Kaiser Permanente and PeriGen to research birth-related brain injury

PeriGen has joined the University of California, San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente North California to launch a ground-breaking research project to examine potentially preventable causes of birth-related brain injuries in newborns.  The project looks to deepen understanding of how fetal heart rate and uterine contraction patterns indicate risk to the baby during labor in order to help improve clinicians ability to prevent brain damage.

“This project has the potential to make a significant contribution to unraveling some of the preventable causes of a condition that is devastating for far too many babies and their families,” says Matthew Sappern, PeriGen’s Chief Executive Officer.

The collaborative research project among these three highly respected organizations will study the relationship of neonatal encephalopathy and overly frequent uterine contractions and fetal heart rate abnormalities within a large birth cohort delivered by Kaiser Permanente Northern California OB physicians.

Neonatal encephalopathy is a clinically-defined syndrome characterized by disturbed neurologic function in the earliest days of life.  It can lead to lifelong impairment or cerebral palsy, depending on the severity.

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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

30 Sep

Perinatal Integration Webinar Today

Integration Webinar: Ten Tips

Integration between perinatal systems and EHRLook for Bruno Bendavid, PeriGen’s SVP of Product Management and long-time integration visionary, to discuss how to leverage these tips to gain true real-time integration between your enterprise EHR and your perinatal system.

“Integrating Perinatal Systems”
Register for Today’s Webinar
Today (September 30th)
Noon-12:30 PM

  1. It takes two: Stand your ground when asking for EHR acceptance of key perinatal data points.
  2. Look to your EHR to offer customization  opportunities that adapt to your OB workflow.
  3. Most EHRs can, with a little push, accept inbound data other than vitals.
  4. Mapping discrete fields list will enhance accuracy.
  5. Parallel vitals acquisition (from both the EHR and perinatal system) should be avoided.
  6. Consider using both inbound and outbound interfaces if your EHR makes them t all possible.
  7. Centralize authentication with Active Directory.
  8. Vendor-supported SSO solutions are ideal.  Other technologies like smart cards can also help close the gap.
  9. “Cold-Feed” episodic docments to the EHR.
  10. Reduce clinical risk and documentation time by interfacing real-time analytic tools to the EHR (i.e., PeriCALM Patterns and PeriCALM CheckList).
21 Sep

Fetal Heart Rate Physiology Paper

Fetal Heart Rate Physiology Paper

New White Paper Now Available:

The Physiology of the Fetal Heart Rate Control

Dr. Emily Hamilton, PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, has just posted a new white paper covering the basic physiology of the fetal heart rate (FHR). Ideal for perinatal unit managers and educators looking for information to help their labor & delivery teams understand how electronic fetal monitoring can help identify fetuses with an increased risk of hypoxic injury and the basis of clinical interpretation of tracings as delivered via EFM and perinatal analysis.  The 15-page paper delves into the impact of active labor on the FHR and the researched clinical models used to differentiate between normal and abnormal FHR patterns.

The paper’s references span a wide variety of research on fetal heart rate and its measurement during labor.  Content includes:

Click for complimentary access to “The Physiology of the Fetal Heart Rate”

About the Author

Emily Hamilton, MDCM is PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and the inventor of the PeriCALM suite of perinatal analysis software.  She and her research team actively engage in research projects designed to develop and improve the mathematical  models used by PeriCALM software to detect and alert on potentially harmful FHR patterns.

She is widely published in leading obstetric journals and often speaks on her research and the use of technology to help labor & delivery clinical teams identify abnormal fetal heart rate patterns during childbirth.  In addition to being an experienced obstetrician, Emily held numerous academic positions at McGill University.  She works and resides in Montreal, Canada.

18 Sep

Integrating Perinatal Software with Your EHR: 4 of 10 Considerations

Four of Ten Considerations for Integrating Perinatal Software with EHR

Here are some “spoiler” tips from Bruno Bendavid’s Sept. 30th lunchtime webinar “Integrating Perinatal Software with Your EHR:”

  1. Challenge your EHR vendor to accept inbound data other than vitals.
  2. Avoid parallel vitals acquisition (EHR and perinatal system).
  3. SSO solutions are ideal, although external vendors such as Imprivata can close the gap.
  4. Reduce clinical risk and documentation time by interfacing decision support data to the EHR.

Bruno, PeriGen’s integration visionary and veteran, will be presenting six more tips, as well as presenting examples of how to achieve these goals during his September 30th lunchtime (noon – 12:30 PM ET) webinar event.  Included will be a description of the ideal interfacing for your perinatal system and a review of best practices specific to hospital obstetric units. Click for more information or …

Reserve your spot for “Integrating Your Perinatal System” by completing the form below. This special event is first come-first serve

15 Sep

Celebrating a Great 2015

The PeriGen Team takes time at the beach to celebrate a great 2015 and plan a great 2016

And planning for 2016

PeriGen’s US staff took time out last week to celebrate a great 2015 — one of our best ever — and to plan for an even better 2016.  The team traveled to the Gulf Coast of Florida to participate in collaborative workshops, learn about upcoming product improvements, brainstorm on ways to make our services better, and examine research on what our customers most want to see.

In between a packed schedule of meetings and presentations, we got in a sunset cruise (we even saw some dolphins!), some golf and fishing, and a cookout on the beach.

15 Sep

Congratulations Deborah Gash!

Deborah Gash named influential woman in health IT
Kudos to Deborah Gash, Vice President and CIO of Saint Luke’s Health System. She’s been named as one of this year’s “Ten Influential Women in Health IT” by publisher Fierce Health. She’s served PeriGen customer Saint Luke’s since 2006, keeping the entire organization agile and engaged in efforts to continually improve patient care and clinician satisfaction.

Saint Luke’s is one of many PeriGen customers who use the full PeriCALM suite of perinatal analysis tools offered while interfacing with the Epic Stork EHR system across multiple facilities.

Click to get the details…

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.

26 Aug

PeriCALM CheckList an ABBY Award Finalist

Time to Celebrate PeriCALMTime to Celebrate!  Adaptive Business Leaders, has selected PeriCALM® CheckList™ as one of nine finalists for the 16th Annual Innovations in Healthcare ABBY Awards.

Each year, the ABBYs recognize and celebrate organizations that use innovative approaches to dramatically reduce the cost of quality healthcare.

Adaptive Business Leaders, an independent organization that brings together healthcare and technology executives for corporate and professional growth, was impressed by CheckList’s ability to use technology to help labor & delivery teams incorporate an automatic means of leveraging the research-proven power of checklists to improve outcomes and lower cesarean rates.

Look for more celebration information as we get closer to the October 21st award event in Long Beach.

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