14 Apr

Oxytocin Misuse

PeriGen's New Oxytocin Checklist Add-On for PeriCALM PatternsExcessive use of contraction-stimulating drugs has been found to be the underlying problem in 45% of fetal brain injuries.  That’s why oxytocin checklists were developed.  These powerful safety tools, however, are only used 40% of the time.

Dr. Emily Hamilton, who leads PeriGen’s Clinical Research team, has developed a break-through tool to help make oxytocin protocol compliance easier, more integrated with labor and delivery workflows, and more reliabl.

“How to Add an Oxytocin Checklist to Your EFM System,” as webinar featuring Dr. Hamilton, will review the relevant research and include a demonstration of the new Oxytocin Checklist Add-On. Space is filling fast.  Early registration is suggested

09 Apr

Another 48,611 births powered by PeriGen

PeriGen Growthby Matthew Sappern, Chief Executive Officer

I am very happy to tell you that we’ve continued to grow by leaps and bounds so far this year.  In fact, our fiscal first quarter 2015 has set a record for new clients added.  We’ve added 21 new hospitals to the PeriGen family with the potential to positively impact 48,611 births each year.

This is truly proof that PeriCALM is a solution whose time has come.  I’ve never heard so many clinicians talk about the use of advanced decision support, acknowledge the value if applied mathematical patterns, and express so much hope for the future of obstetrics.  It’s a trend I expect will continue.

The following leading hospitals join our fast-growing PeriGen family:

  • Allegiance Health of Jackson, MS
  • AnMed Health Women’s & Children’s Hospital serving Anderson, SC
  • Baptist Health of Madisonville, KY
  • Baptist Hospital of Pensacola, FL
  • Bayhealth serving Central and Southern Delaware
  • Carroll Hospital Center of Westminister, MD
  • Centra Health of Lynchburg, VA
  • Comanche County Memorial Hospital of Illinois
  • First Health, a health system serving the Carolinas
  • Hancock Medical Center serving Bay St. Louis, MS
  • Hartford Healthcare, a health system located in Hartford, CT
  • Health Central in Ocoee, FL
  • HealthAlliance of Hudson Valley, NY
  • Iasis Healthcare Corp. in Franklin, TN
  • Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
  • Mercy Hospital of Iowa City
  • McLaren Health Care Corp of Michigan
  • Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL
  • Peninsula Regional Medical Center of Salisbury, MD
  • St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO
07 Apr

Oxytocin Checklist Updated

PeriGen is showcasing a newer, faster, more accurate means of using oxytocin checklists in a quick 20 minute webinar titled “How to Add an Oxytocin Checklist to Your EFM System.”

The free webinar will feature Dr. Emily Hamilton, PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research.  Dr. Hamilton will summarize the results of her research into the effects of using electronic fetal monitoring systems to manage oxytocin administration and demonstrate her latest software invention — The Oxytocin Checklist Add-On for PeriCALM® Patterns.   Space for the session is limited, early registration is suggested.

06 Apr

Research finds Labor Curve too Broad & Imprecise

Emily Hamilton's Research on Labor Curve

Emily Hamilton MDCM, SVP of Clinical Research

Presenting in the opening session at this year’s prestigious Birth Conference in Brazil, Dr. Emily Hamilton, PeriGen’s SVP of Clinical Research offered research-based evidence that traditional labor curve measurements are too broad and imprecise to provide useful indications as to whether labor is progressing safely for mother and baby.

Dr. Hamilton’s mathematical demonstration of a new labor curves model using an adaptive stimulus/response method to measure cervical dilation and fetal descent relative to the frequency of contractions and other factors was met with enthusiastic response by conference attendees.

Review the full release…

30 Mar

Free Webinar: Adding an Oxytocin Checklist to Your EFM

CRI-CompositePeriGen is sponsoring a complimentary webinar, “How to Add an Oxytocin Checklist to Your EFM System” on April 22, 12-12:30 PM EST.

The session will feature Dr. Emily Hamilton, PeriGen’s SVP of Clinical Research.  Dr. Hamilton will summarize her research on the use of intelligent fetal monitoring systems to reduce childbirth complications associated with Oxytocin, as well as offer an inside peak at her latest software invention, the EFM Checklist Add-On for PeriCALM® Patterns.

Click now for details and registration

18 Mar

Evaluating & Choosing Your Next EFM

With advances in healthcare and fetal monitoring software accelerating, many hospitals are considering replacing their existing fetal monitoring system.  The choice can be daunting, time-consuming, and expensive.  Following are suggestions and tips compiled from top technology consultants and perinatal clinicians on evaluating and choosing a fetal surveillance system that meets your specific needs.

1.  Put together a balanced selection team

The fetal monitoring system you choose will impact not only your patient care quality and safety, but may impact your team’s workflow, productivity, EHR data-gathering, and core success metrics.  Put together an evaluation team comprised of individuals with direct responsibility over these areas  led by a “change champion,” someone who can keep the group organized, enthusiastic, productive, and open to available options.

2.  Establish priorities and goals

Define exactly what you expect the new fetal monitoring system to measurably improve and, then, place these goals in priority order.  Remember that each member of the team will have a perspective on these goals, so building a consensus may be challenging, but important for success.

3. Review current clinical and operational workflows and identify potential improvements

Make sure your entire selection team is familiar with how your current fetal monitoring system and processes work. Go beyond the clinical to examine how perinatal information flows from and to your EHR and review the flow of paper, charting, communication patterns, and decision-making protocols that go with labor & delivery.

4.  Make sure that team members have a working knowledge of fetal monitoring software features and capabilities

Some of you team may never have seen your existing fetal monitoring system and processes in action.  Demonstrating the current system and then distributing literature about fetal surveillance advances and system helps build a shared understanding of what’s possible — and what’s not.  In fact, based on this data-gathering, many team find themselves re-examining their goals and priorities.

5.  Define your system and vendor requirements

Establish exactly what clinical and technical features are a must for you and then develop second, third, and, if necessary, fourth “tiers” of capabilities.  Document the level of implementation and service you’d like.  These are best delineated by using service “cases” and “what if” scenarios.  Don’t omit financial requirements such as purchase and operating budget guidelines and desired financing arrangements.

6.  Gather and review published vendor comparisons to develop a list of potential partners

With your requirements at hand, you’re now ready to identify a short list of vendors who best match them.  Use third-party comparisons where available and supplement this data with vendor marketing literature.  Match each systems capabilities to the points listed on your requirements documents and pick the best matches.

7. Check references

Contact at least three-five vendor client sites that are using the system in a live environment.  Develop a questionnaire that will yield answers to how capable the vendor will be to meet your clinical, operational, financial, and service requirements.

8.  Visit a client site

Review how the system is used in a live environment.  When you do, compare the workflow in view with your existing or planned processes.  Ask questions about implementation that will show you what to expect.

9.  Reconfirm key issues and understanding

Once you’ve checked references and visited a client site, your selection team will still have some outstanding “wish list” items.  Ideally, these will be requirements originally placed in the third-fourth tiers of importance, but outstanding issues may include financial arrangements and implementation strategies.  Outline these in writing and request that answers be provided in writing as well, along with a confirmation that the original estimated pricing still stands and includes a reliable set of quotes that covers all components discussed and viewed during demonstration.  The goal for this step is to set the baseline for price negotiation and help protect against unexpected add-on fees.

10.  Make your choice with confidence

Your due diligence pays off!  Your team has gathered the data they needed to compare their options and identify the solution that best matches their top, prioritized needs.  Because the decision is shared among key stakeholders, implementation and adoption are more likely to go smoothly.





16 Mar

Reminder: Free Category II Management App

CatIIDeveloped based on a research-tested algorithm, the PeriGen Category II Management App is a free web-based tool designed to help you manage patients with FHR tracings in Category II (present in over 80% of labors).  Answer a few questions about tracing and labor status and in seconds you get suggested outcomes.  Click to learn more…

16 Mar

Looking for Technical Consultant

Interested in work worth doing? PeriGen is looking for a Technical Consultant , an application expert for PeriGen’s hospital perinatal solutions with in-depth knowledge of server, workstation, database, network, and interface requirements.  Details…

18 Feb

EFM IQ Results


Good work to those lucky obstetric professionals who have  responded to the EFM IQ test so far.  91.3% got the first EFM IQ question right.  Last week, however, it dipped to 57.8%.  This week’s question is another easy one, especially for those attending the upcoming AWHONN California and Minnesota Section Conferences.  Click to see how you stack up then visit us at the AWHONN events (we’re a sponsor) to check out how you did and get your “just rewards.”