Reno, Nev. health system now uses real-time trend analysis for mothers and babies in their care

Cary, NC October 30, 2018 PeriGen, the innovator in perinatal early warning systems, today announced northern Nevada’s Renown Health has implemented PeriGen’s PeriWatch labor analysis software in its childbirth unit. The software system includes PeriWatch® Cues™, the only fetal surveillance solution that is both cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and validated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The software incorporates artificial intelligence features to help clinicians interpret fetal heart rate patterns and provides a consistent, objective and standardized assessment to enhance care collaboration.

“We strive to deliver optimal patient safety for every mother and baby in our care by giving our childbirth team the most advanced tools available for assessing fetal heart rate and labor progress, while making it easier for caregivers to maintain the patient record,” said Paul Sierzenski, M.D., MSHQS, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, Renown Health vice president and chief medical officer of acute services. “Following a seamless implementation, PeriGen gives us real-time information that will help our care team make the most informed decisions possible.”

Renown Health, which provides care for more than 4,200 babies delivered each year, focuses on providing the most compassionate and comfortable environment for mothers and their newborns, knowing expectant mothers expect the best medical care to ensure their babies are born healthy.

“Our clinical team works tirelessly to help our mothers and babies have the best outcomes possible,” said Natalie Nicholson, DNP, MBA, RN, CENP, director of nursing for Renown Women’s Health. “Before PeriGen, we looked at long streams of paper to discern if one data point was cause for intervention, making it difficult to identify worrisome trends quickly. Now, we have several hours of information at our fingertips, along with the analytics to add further context.”

PeriWatch labor analysis modules provide comprehensive, patented, FDA-cleared clinical decision support for the Renown Health labor & delivery team. Integrated with the health system’s Epic electronic health record system as part of its Epic Refresh Project, the software uses patented algorithms to help clinicians interpret fetal heart rate patterns and provides a consistent, objective and standardized assessment of the data as a basis for collaborative care at the bedside. The tool has been cited as invaluable in facilitating communication among nurses and physicians.

“The unique capabilities of the PeriWatch solution assist Renown Health in providing exceptional, safe patient care that will ultimately lead to better health outcomes for mothers and medically fragile newborns,” said PeriGen CEO Matthew Sappern. “Both the clinical and IT teams at Renown Health helped facilitate a flawless implementation and were up and running in less than one day. We’re proud to help healthcare organizations like Renown quickly and easily leverage the most advanced technologies available in their labor & delivery units to reduce risk throughout the birthing experience.”

The NIH validation is based on the findings of an extensive, independent study which determined an analysis of fetal strip tracings performed manually by top NIH experts matched the findings from PeriWatch Cues automated, real-time analysis more than 97 percent of the time.


Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 7,000. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition and commitment to continually improve the care and the health of our community. For more information, visit

PeriGen offers innovative perinatal software solutions that incorporate advanced statistical analysis features to enhance clinical efficiency and standardization of care during childbirth. Led by skilled OB practitioners and IT visionaries, PeriGen has created the PeriWatch platform to provides consistent analysis and efficient display of complex data in real-time to promote better human recognition and communication about impending problems during labor. With PeriWatch, clinicians can spend more time on direct patient care and less time on manual calculations and data manipulation. To learn more, visit; follow us on TwitterLinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook; or call 877.700.4755 or email.

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