31 Jul

Perinatal Outcomes Focus @ AWHONN

Dr. Emily Hamilton at the PeriGen AWHONN BoothPerinatal Outcomes Focus @ AWHONN

The Reaction to the CheckList Solution

It’s not difficult to imagine why hundreds of nurses and unit managers lined up at the PeriGen booth and the CheckList presentation reception. Despite being newly introduced, the response to the PeriCALM CheckList innovation has been overwhelmingly positive. Here’s why:

  • It leverages the improved outcomes that checklists provide.
  • It allows labor & delivery professionals to spend less time on complex, often manual, measuring and calculating and more on what they’re best at: Personal, high-quality patient care.
  • And it integrates with major EMRs, as well as co-existing with the installed EFM software.

Matthew Sappern presents PeriGen's donation to AWHONN Every Woman, Every Baby along with a large support petitionIn addition to introducing the PeriCALM CheckList innovation, PeriGen also presented AWHONN’s Every Woman, Every Baby program with a sizeable donation and support “petition” signed by labor & delivery teams from 54 leading hospitals. The Every Woman, Every Baby program funds education and research initiatives focused on improving perinatal outcomes.

31 Jul

How research resulted in a checklist solution

How good research resulted

in a checklist solution

Solving the checklist challengeIn 2007, Stephen L. Clark, M.D. et al published a pioneering study defining a checklist of six EFM features to guide clinical management of oxytocin. Later, in a 2014 study, they looked at the impact of that checklist-based protocol on newborn outcome in 14,398 inductions. The use of an oxytocin checklist was associated with significant reductions in both neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions and primary cesarean births in this study.

It’s no wonder, then, that checklists such as this, have emerged to play a central role in obstetrical patient safety. Today labor & delivery nurses around the world spend hours completing repetitive calculations, counting contractions and accelerations, decelerations and other important statistics over miles of tracings.

PeriGen launches PeriCALM® CheckList™

PeriGen’s newest innovation simplifies the process of using EFM-based checklists by automatically counting and summarizing specific fetal heart rate patterns and other factors that are routinely tracked when administering oxytocin and displaying color-coded trends as well as a live status indicator on the toolbar.

The displays of the PeriCALM CheckList provide quick visual cues when checklist criteria are present and if they are persistent. PeriCALM CheckList criteria are customized to the preferences and practices specific to the hospital or health system.

“We know that following an oxytocin management checklist is associated with better outcomes for both baby and mother. We also know that compliance with such protocols is far from optimal. Noncompliance can be harmful and very costly for hospitals,” said Emily Hamilton, M.D.C.M., PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research who led the development of both PeriCALM Patterns and PeriCALM CheckList.

“PeriCALM CheckList gives continuous and consistent assessment of checklist criteria. Nurses are freed from time-consuming repetitive calculations and can quickly focus their attention on oxytocin management and direct patient care.”

For more information and to schedule a demonstration of PeriCALM CheckList, click here.

31 Jul

PeriGen Healthcare Innovation Proves It

Matthew Sappern is PeriGen's Chief Executive OfficerPeriGen Proves It

by Matthew Sappern, Chief Executive Officer

Hello PeriGen family and friends. I hope you enjoy this issue of PeriNews. Please feel free to let us know what you like and what you don’t.

As CEO of PeriGen, I have the pleasure to work with and address a number of organizations focused on continuously improving healthcare information technology. It’s a passion of mine – I truly believe in the synergy of IT and clinical practice. To that point, I have been asked to participate as a presenter in an upcoming healthcare innovation conference in Nashville entitled Health:Further. It’s a most fitting title for PeriGen representation because we lead the industry in bringing the power of data analytics and visualization to the bedside.

The panel in which I am participating is entitled “Prove It!” which is THE great challenge for most companies striving to innovate. Fortunately, PeriGen’s technology IS proven, starting with its foundation of accurately interpreting fetal strips in real-time. PeriGen’s ability is definitively shown in a published NICHD study showing remarkable rates of agreement (>90%) between the PeriGen system and multiple clinicians. Not perfect by any stretch, but certainly VERY reliable. That alone is a novel and valuable building block, but what’s more impressive and innovative is how health systems operationalize this capability.

One such example is MedStar and its oxytocin management policies which became more manageable, more consistent, and therefore more impactful after the introduction of automation supporting clinical decisions. Combining straightforward procedure with the ability to identify concerning contraction patterns in real-time, the excellent staff at MedStar reduced the incidence and duration of uterine tachysystole in its patients receiving oxytocin by close to 40%.

We’ve taken this recipe for success to a new level with the newly introduced PeriCALM® CheckList™. This tool can be configured to look for any number of concerning EFM patterns together or discretely and alert clinical staff immediately and with great detail. Among other uses, clients are configuring this tool to automate the vigilant monitoring of EFM patterns used in comprehensive OB checklists, such as those employed by nurses when administering oxytocin. EFM-related tasks which require complex and repetitive human calculations will be aided by the PeriCALM Checklist.

We are excited to introduce this innovation and thrilled by its reception in demonstrations, both personal and those at this year’s AWHONN Convention. More than that, we are looking forward to working with you to operationalize the new technology, improve care and to “Prove It!” to the rest of the world.

23 Jul

Early Registration: EFM Integration Webinar

Free webinar on integration of EFM systems with EHRsRegistration has opened for the August 19th webinar “Special Considerations when Integrating Perinatal Systems,” featuring Bruno Bendavid, SVP of Product Management for PeriGen.  The short free session, scheduled for noon – 12:30 ET, will focus on solving the key challenges faced by labor & delivery units for integration of electronic fetal monitoring systems with major EMRs.

For over 20 years, Bruno Bendavid has been been adapting EFM software to fit hospital EMRs.  He’ll share the perinatal system integration challenges faced and their most common solutions and, then, open the floor to answer questions about specific issues being faced by your unit.

Space is very limited

Register for Integration Webinar Today


Integration Article Also Available

The challenges faced when integrating specialty systems with hospitals EMRs are well documented. (See AHRQ assessment.) Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) software systems are no exception and, in fact, represent a greater-than-average challenge.

Yet capturing perinatal data is critical and avoiding the need for double data entry is imperative for sustaining a productive labor and delivery department.

In addition to this webinar, Bruno Bendavid has prepared a white paper detailing solutions for the integration of perinatal systems with larger hospital medical record systems.  The article, titled “How PeriCALM Modules Integrate with Major EMR Systems” is openly available.

Click here to access

22 Jul

Healthcare Innovation: Matt Sappern at Health:Further

Matthew Sappern, PeriGen's CEO, is a healthcare innovation visionaryWe’re very proud that Matt Sappern, our Chief Executive Officer, has been invited to speak at Health:Further.  This annual conference brings together technology innovators  with industry leaders delivering quality care to highlight healthcare innovation and improve business models and technology solutions.

Matt has long been a major advocate for using technological innovation to solve clinical challenges.  Since joining PeriGen, he has refined the company’s focus on expanding PeriCALM’s decision-support features, including the development and recent launch of PeriCALM CheckList.  This innovation helps hospital labor & delivery clinicians to leverage the power of patient safety checklists more easily and consistently.

His experience with Allscripts, Eclipsys, and WebMD have supplied Matt with a broad perspective of where healthcare has been and its foundational values.  His ongoing interaction with today’s technology innovators and leading providers has fueled his vision of a world that uses clinical realities and solid research to inform the development of healthcare innovations that improve clinical outcomes, productivity, and risk management.

Click to see more of Matt’s achievements…

About Health:Further and Healthcare Innovation

This year’s Health:Further Conference is scheduled for August 19-20 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.  Organized by Jumpstart Foundry, the agenda includes discussions on healthcare policy, the current state of ACOs and value-based payment models, the use of big data, payor innovations, consumer-driven healthcare, automation & robotics, interoperability, and more.  Featured speakers include Dr. Jonathan Perlin, President of Clinical Services & Chief Medical Officer at HCA Healthcare, Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Michael Burcham of Narus Health, and Dawn Rudolph, Chief Experience Officer for Saint Thomas Health, among others.

08 Jul

Supporting AWHONN Perinatal Research

PeriGen CEO Matt Sappern hands AWHONN a donation for Every Woman, Every Baby research fund

PeriGen CEO Matt Sappern happily hands Pamela Spears, AWHONN’s Director of Development a donation check in support of the Every Woman, Every Baby fund

In addition to introducing their new PeriCALM® CheckList™ solution to 231 labor & delivery professionals at this year’s AWHONN National Convention, PeriGen also supported AWHONN with a $2,500 donation to their Every Woman, Every Baby program. This fund is used to support educational and research initiatives aimed at enhancing healthier perinatal outcomes. The following labor & delivery teams added their names in support of the donation:

  • Aurora Sinai
  • Aviano Air Base in Italy
  • Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas
  • Berlin Memorial Hospital
  • Christiana Care
  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • DCH Regional Medical Center
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Enloe Medical Center
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield
  • IASIS Healthcare Corporation
  • Integris Health
  • Johnson Regional Medical Center
  • Kona Community Hospital
  • Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
  • Lodi Memorial
  • Madigon Army Medical Center
  • Major Hospital
  • Marian Medical
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Mat-su Regional Medical Center
  • Mercy Merced – Dignity
  • Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
  • Myrtue Medical Center
  • Naval Medical Center of Portsmouth
  • Norton Women’s Childrens
  • Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Providence Tarzana
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital
  • Rose Medical Center
  • Sanford Medical Center of Thief River Falls
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
  • St.. Charles Mercy Hospital
  • St. Francis Medical Center (MO)
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • SUNY Downstate
  • Swedish American Hospital
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Wakemed Health & Hospital
  • Wakemed Raleigh Campus
  • Wallace Thomson Hospital
  • Wayne Memorial Hospital (GA)
  • White Plains Hospital
  • York Hospital (PA)

Thanks all of the above for your voice of support!

24 Jun

AWHONN Presentation: A New Way to Handle Checklists

Inventor of PeriGen advanced fetal monitoringDuring a very popular private reception at this year’s AWHONN Convention, Emily Hamilton, MDCM, as experienced obstetrician and perinatal thought-leader, outlined research on the impact of checklists in healthcare, the challenges of using them in a labor & delivery environment, and her technology solution for making them easier to use and more consistent.  Here’s a summary of her presentation.

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*Clark SL, Meyers JA, Frye DK, et al. Recognition and response to electronic fetal heart rate patterns: impact on newborn outcomes and primary cesarean delivery rate in women undergoing induction of labor. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2015;212:494.e1-6.

09 Jun

Checklists simplified

PeriGen simplifies the use of obstetric checklists with PeriCALM CheckList solution

ChSolving the checklist challengeecklists are an integral part of everyday life for many of us. Whether you’re an airline pilot getting ready for an international flight or a vacationer packing suitcases to take that flight, checklists help ensure all the proper processes have been followed and all the details covered.

Checklists also play a central role in obstetrical patient safety. For example, nurses often use a checklist to help track critical data. Usually this means rolling out long tracings to manually count contractions and estimate accelerations, decelerations and other important statistics.

Of course, time spent counting and calculating is time not spent on caring for mothers and babies. That’s one of the reasons PeriGen is introducing its new PeriCALM® CheckList™ solution at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2015 Annual Convention this month. It simplifies the process by automatically counting and summarizing specific fetal heart rate patterns and other factors that are routinely tracked and displays color-coded trends as well as a live status indicator on the toolbar.

The displays provide quick visual cues when checklist criteria are present and persistent, helping nurses know when to take quick action.  The cues can be further customized to the preferences and practices specific to the hospital or health system. It’s a great way to maximize the value and effectiveness of a checklist program.

Is your organization using checklists for labor and delivery? If so, have they been easy to use, and are they delivering the expected benefits? If you haven’t been using them, any plans to start?

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