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

20 Nov

Fierce Healthcare Names CheckList Finalist

Fierce Healthcare Innovation AwardFierce Healthcare, a publisher of numerous health care and healthcare IT newsletters and publications, announced that PeriCALM CheckList is among the finalists for this year’s Fierce Innovation Award in the Healthcare Category.

CheckList, introduced this year, provides hospital labor & delivery units with an automatic means of managing obstetric protocol checklists, including those used for induction.  It integrates with not only other PeriCALM modules, but with enterprise EHR systems to make it easier for clinicians to leverage the patient safety benefits of checklists.

The Fierce Innovation Awards, launched three years ago, recognize technologies that display excellence in the following criteria:

  • Care efficiency
  • Competitive advantage
  • Financial impact/value
  • Market need
  • Patient experience/satisfaction
  • Quality of care and patient outcomes
  • Innovation

The award presentation will occur during a webcast scheduled for December 9th at 2 PM ET.  Click here to register.

19 Nov

New AJOG Articles

PeriGen’s Clinical Research

Team Just Got the Good

News: Two New Research

Articles Published in AJOG

Inventor of PeriGen advanced fetal monitoringEmily Hamilton and the rest of the clinical research team are thrilled to hear that two of their research papers – one on assessing dilation & descent – have been accepted for publication by the much-respected American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG).

Emily is reviewing the research done by the team on the first paper next month during a brief  lunchtime webinar on December 2nd titled “Rethinking the Labor Curve.”  To register, complete the form below today.

Traditional methods for measuring labor progress have relied only on dilation and descent over time. The PeriGen team, joined by Samuel Smith MD and Kathleen Collins RN, both of PeriCALM customer MedStar, have identified a more discriminating method, one that uses multifactorial analysis to measure labor progress more reliably to enable improved intervention decisions.

The two papers published online (soon to be included in the next paper issue) by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG) are:

The mathematic model tested for the published research is the foundation of PeriGen’s integrated labor curve software, PeriCALM® Curve™.  Part of the PeriCALM suite of perinatal analysis software, Curve provides clinicians a graphical display of labor progress at the bedside or remotely.  This display includes a comparison to the expected range of dilation from a normal reference population.  The labor progress comparison is presented graphically and numerically via percentiles to provide a precise quantitative and personalized assessment of dilation.  At each examination the comparison is updated to adapt to current labor conditions.

PeriCALM Curve benefits include:

  • Consistent visualization and measurement of labor progress
  • Tracks the effect of interventions in real-time, at-a-glance
  • Automatic adjustments for nulliparity/multiparity status


18 Nov

PeriGen Research Article Count Up to 51

PeriGen RessearchWith the addition of two new research articles on the labor curve —  published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, PeriGen-related research publications now total 51.

The two new articles are titled:

The clinical research team, led by Emily Hamilton MDCM, have authored and co-authored numerous articles related to their pattern-recognition, labor curve management, protocol management tools, and electronic fetal monitoring.

Included in the extensive list are several that are of special interest to labor & delivery clinicians:

Elliott C, Warrick P, Graham E, Hamilton E:   Graded Classification of Fetal Heart Rate Tracings: Association with Neonatal Metabolic Acidosis and Neurologic Morbidity.     Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar;202(3):258.e1-8. Epub2009 Aug 29.

Parer JT, Hamilton EF:   Comparison of Five Experts in Computer Analysis in Rule-Based Fetal Heart Rate Interpretation.   Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Nov;203(5):451.e1-7. Epub 2010Jul 15.

Hamilton E, Warrick P, O’Keeffe D:   Variable Decelerations: Do Size and Shape Matter? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Jun25;(6):648-653.

Hamilton E, Warrick P, Knox E, O’Keeffe D, Garite T:   High uterine contraction rates in births with normal and abnormal umbilical artery gases. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Nov;25(11):2302-7.

Daly MV, Bender C, Townsend KE, Hamilton EF:   Outcomes associated with a structured prenatal counseling program for shoulder dystocia with brachial plexus injury.   Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Aug;207(2):123.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2012.05.023. Epub 2012 Jun 1

Hamilton EF, Warrick PA:   New perspectives in electronic fetal surveillance. J Perinat Med. 2013 Jan;41(1):83-92.

Smith S, Zacharias J, Lucas V, Warrick PA, Hamilton EF. Clinical associations with uterine tachysystole. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 May;27(7):709-13.

Click to review the complete list

16 Nov

Congratulations 100 Best Hospitals

Becker's Top 100 HospitalsOur heart-felt congratulations go out to three special PeriGen customers who made this year’s “100 Great Hospitals in America” published by Becker’s Hospital Review this year.

  1. MedStar Washington (DC) Hospital Center is one of the largest hospitals in the United States in terms of bed count.  MedStar is one of PeriGen’s long-running clinical research partners.
  2. Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans is part of Louisiana’s Ochsner Health System, the largest nonprofit system serving that state.
  3. Carle Foundation Hospital serves Urbana, IL and is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Becker’s, a major healthcare publisher, issues the list of 100 best hospitals every Fall.  The list uses public rankings of hospitals such as US News & World Report, Healthgrades, Truven Health Analytics, Leapfrog, and magnet designations to identify those hospitals providing high-quality care and credentials.

Click to see a complete list.

13 Nov

160+ Perinatal Leaders Strong

PeriGen rocks the Perinatal Leadership Conference in DallasPeriGen joined over 160 nurse managers and L&D unit directors (not to mention a few Chief Nursing Officers) in Dallas during a Perinatal Leadership Conference focused on solving the challenges faced by units across the country, collaboratively and with thought.  Sessions today included leadership training, a session on touch & softness, and behavioral science.

PeriGen offered up not only a demonstration of the only integrated checklist solution, but a customized ROI Analysis for each registered attendee.

They ate it up, as jaws literally dropped while watching a demonstration of the new PeriCALM CheckList decision support system.

More to come…Emily Hamilton will be presenting the research behind the PeriCALM CheckList solution tomorrow morning…

12 Nov

Let the Leadership (Forum) Begin

The PeriGen team couldn’t be more excited about supporting and participating in this year’s Perinatal Leadership Conference in Dallas.  The agenda is packed with topics of vital interest to L&D directors and unit managers.  In addition to offering customized ROI analysis for attendees and demonstrating our PeriCALM CheckList solution, PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research is presenting her research about obstetric checklists at a breakfast meeting on Friday (11/13) morning.

To take a sneak peak of her presentation, click here.

05 Nov

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, CEO of Google

PeriGen is painting the future of OBGreetings. I am proud to say that it’s not just me — the CEO — that feels this way about PeriGen. It’s the rest of the company as well. And a great many of our customers too.

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 make them happen.

Work worth doing indeed.

We’re in the midst of preparing a document that outlines our OB 3.0 work for general distribution. I look forward to sharing it with you soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this issue of PeriNews. Please feel free to let us know what you like and what you don’t

30 Oct

Your Customized ROI Analysis

perintal leadershipMany L&D units really want to add functionality to their EFM systems.  Features like protocol compliance tools to eliminate double data entry and automated notification when tracing features match specified thresholds can save their team time and help them spend more time on care. The problem is proving the upgrade is worth it to senior management.

To help, PeriGen has developed a research-based ROI Calculator for their new tool, PeriCALM CheckList. The calculator starts with published research metrics for cesareans, induction, complications, and malpractice awards to deliver a range of what can potentially be saved . These metrics are easily customized for a particular hospital site or health system.

As part of their research presentation and demonstration of PeriCALM CheckList at this year’s Synova Perinatal Leadership Conference in Dallas (Nov. 11- 14), PeriGen is offering customized ROI Analysis.

Schedule your personal demonstration and customized ROI Analysis today by completing the form below:

Click here to read the official news release

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