toesThe new features & fixes you asked for:

PeriGen is very committed to ongoing improvement of  PeriCALM products, especially in answer to customer suggestions and needs.  The newest release illustrates this.  We’ve added features that enable more documentation on the strip, focusing specifically on your most time-sensitive observations.  Documentation now includes systems assessments, pain scoring, and FHR interpretations.

Sites using Epic and those clients subscribing to the PeriCALM full documentation suite will see additional improvements.  Here’s a summary of the new features added in release 03.18.02:

New tabs & fields on the tracing annotation dialog:
The following tabs and multi-select fields were added to the tracing annotation screens:

  • Systems Assessment: Integumentary, Neurological, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Breast, Extremities, Psychological
  • Risk Assessment: Fall Risk Assessment, VTE Risk Assessment, Skin Assessment, Hemorrhage Risk Assessment
  • Recovery Room: Fundus (U+/-), Fundal Height, Uterine Tone, Bleeding Flow, Blood Clots, Bladder, Extremities Movement

These tabs and fields will provide additional flexibility to customers who wish to complement their OB documentation with the official EMR at the site.  All additional fields are also included in the read-only Intrapartum Flowsheet view.

Additions/changes to existing fields on the tracing annotation dialog:
The following fields were added to the existing tabs of the tracing annotation screens:

  • Maternal Assessment: Added Pain Scales and Interventions fields.
  • Fetal Assessment: Added Category field.
  • Exam: Added a read-only auto-calculated Bishop Scale (see below).

Added new auto-calculated Bishop Score field:
Under the Exams tab in the Add Annotation dialog, a new auto-calculated field was added.  The Bishop Score is automatically calculated based on the values of its five components: Dilatation, Effacement, Station, Cervical Position, and Consistency.  The calculation takes into account values observed up to one hour prior to the current exam.  The Bishop Score is recalculated when one of the source values is changed.  When a maximum score is reached for one of the components, though, it is used for the calculation regardless of its observed time.

A new Acquire Server service for better control of tracings acquisition processes:
The new Acquire Server Service will provide the capability to start and stop acquisition process from Windows Services subsystem as well as control and restart processes that are in an error state or down altogether.  This will provide better flexibility to IT staff as well as increased resiliency of tracing Up-time for clinical staff.

GBS field added to the Admin Admission screen:
Starting with this version, a GBS field is added to the Admin Admission screen.  This new field is identical to the one present in the Nursing Assessment under Prenatal and Labs section, and can be used as a Chalkboard column with color coding.

Support for Active Directory authentication:
PeriCALM Tracings can now be configured to authenticate users through Active Directory (AD).  The PeriCALM Tracings group-based user privilege logic is maintained and only groups (new or existing) have to be replicated in AD to enable authentication.  In AD mode, built-in users are only allowed to login when AD is unavailable.  In AD mode, since PeriCALM Tracings does not manage or control user accounts, all internal fields that list users are converted to free-text fields


Additional fields in Nursing Assessment and Delivery Summary:
Several new fields were added and some existing fields modified to provide better Intrapartum charting coverage especially for customers using PeriCALM documentation to complement the EMR record.  The printed reports were updated to reflect the additions and changes accordingly.  See Release Notes for details.


Support for Epic Single Sign-On using FileDrop protocol:
When used in collaboration with Epic, clinicians can now use the single sign-on module to automatically synchronize login/logoff events on a common workstation.  The single sign-on capability assumes an Active Directory authentication configuration on both PeriCALM and Epic.