We’re glad you’ve joined us
The entire PeriGen team extends a warm welcome to:
- UF Health Shands Hospital (Gainsville, FL)
- Pioneers Memorial Hospital (Brawley, CA)
- Silverton Medical Center (Silverton, OR)
The entire PeriGen team extends a warm welcome to:
Good news! PeriGen is making life a bit easier for the labor & delivery teams of Legacy Health locations with single sign-on. All five of Legacy’s locations rolled out PeriCALM’s single sign-on with Epic this week.
Legacy Health is a leading non-profit health system serving Oregon. Headquartered in Portland, the Legacy Health system includes seven hospitals and more than 50 clinic locations, plus research, hospice and lab services.
Legacy Health uses all components of the PeriCALM system as part of their fetal surveillance and patient safety toolkit.
PeriGen is thrilled to welcome the following leading hospitals to the joys of PeriCALM:
Earlier this month, the well respected, widely read British Medical Journal published a scary study coming out of Johns Hopkins. Entitled Medical Error, the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, it immediately sparked debate in many corners as to the veracity of the data, the precision of the study, the complexity and limitations of actually compiling and analyzing this information. I’ll leave that to others – I see a blunt message here: We Can Do Better.
To me, this is not so much a question of enhanced training or personnel or protocols. Humans excel at critical thinking, but there will always be a “Human Factor” to manage – those few instances where a human misses something. This study begs the question “are there tools that can help clinicians at the bedside – patient by patient?” How can we best leverage technology to augment caregivers?
As you all know better than I, the clinical setting is challenging! At the labor and delivery bedside, nurses are monitoring and documenting several aspects of the labor, interacting and calming the patient, managing the patient’s family (Nurse Luisa, I apologize again for asking the same questions every five minutes 12 years ago), keeping the rest of the care team informed. All while looking for what might be faint indications of an intervention needed.
Fortunately, PeriGen customers have at their disposal some of the most advanced tools in the world to help share the load. PeriGen systems help count and calculate critical factors, providing a safety net for L&D clinicians and the world’s most precious patients. Other specialties in the hospital should take note of the great work that PeriGen users are delivering.
by Matthew Sappern
Chief Executive Officer, PeriGen
I know we are well in to 2016 already, but I want to take a moment to reflect on 2015 and the State of PeriGen.
This past year, PeriGen enjoyed explosive growth. Almost twice as many hospitals went live on PeriGen solutions than in any other year in our history! At the same time, we introduced a remarkable new module called the PeriCALM Checklist which helps makes checklist compliance easier; this tool won the 2015 FIERCE Healthcare Innovation Award.
In 2016, we will introduce a few more tools – tools designed to save nurses time as well as to leverage precious clinical resources across an entire healthcare system – more on these exciting innovations in a few months!
Now, we all know that explosive growth is a double-edged sword. PeriGen cannot allow this growth to come at a cost of service and responsiveness. To that end, we have added some new staff and tools to our implementation and support groups. Inside you will read about new FAQ tools and about Securelink, an application providing our team with secure, remote access – at a hospital’s request – to help troubleshoot issues. We are making support simpler, easier and more efficient. As I made clear to the entire PeriGen team on a recent “all-hands” call, we need to commit to providing an exceptional customer experience in 2016, nothing less.
Finally, as we all settle in to 2016, I invite you to spend some time with PeriGen’s SVP of Clinical Research Dr. Emily Hamilton, who has penned an article with some predictions about continued innovation in healthcare. Emily is one of the most forward-thinking professionals in healthcare today, I am sure you will enjoy her article and you will see PeriGen’s solutions continue to reflect her thinking.
As always, thank you for being a member of the PeriGen family and thank you for taking such great care of all the mothers and babies whose lives you touch. Have a wonderful 2016!
by Matthew Sappern, Chief Executive Officer
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
In 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.”