The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has selected PeraHealth to use its full suite of real-time clinical surveillance software.

The software includes the paediatric Rothman Index (pRI) to improve clinician awareness of children who may be at risk of clinical deterioration while in hospital.

Software will be used at CHOP’s main campus inpatient location, where it will be integrated into their existing electronic health record (EHR).

Both parties will also collaborate on research intended to improve the delivery of paediatric care.

CHOP clinical operations medical director Evan Fieldston said: "CHOP is committed to providing children and their families with safe, effective, family centered, timely and efficient care.

"We believe PeraHealth software will help our clinicians to better identify children at risk for worsening conditions so they can intervene in a timely and appropriate manner."

"We believe PeraHealth software will help our clinicians to better identify children at risk for worsening conditions so they can intervene in a timely and appropriate manner."

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The company noted a disease-agnostic universal score for predicting paediatric patient mortality risk, the pRI, is calculated in real-time using data from any major EHR system.

The score is presented in colour-coded graphs that trend patient condition over time and across any care setting, alerting clinicians earlier to subtle but potentially serious health problems.

According to recent peer-reviewed research, pRI helps identify and alert clinicians to patients needing urgent intervention.

The sensitivity to identify patients in need of attention is paired with a low false-positive rate.

Research showed the pRI had a false-positive rate of 1%, compared to 46% for monitoring vital signs, a common indicator of patient condition.

PeraHealth CEO Stephanie Alexander said: "Since many symptoms of potentially life-threatening pediatric conditions are also found with common, non-critical illnesses, it’s often a challenge for providers to recognise when immediate medical attention is needed.

"By trending and clearly presenting disparate data from any care setting or patient population, PeraHealth solutions offer clinicians a full picture of a child’s condition, both in the moment and trended over time.

"We look forward to assisting CHOP in its never-ending quest to provide safer, more integrated care."

Clinicians generally use PeraHealth solutions to remotely monitor patients across multiple care settings and improve pre-emptive rapid response team intervention.

They also use the solutions to help determine when to discharge patients, prioritise patient bedside visits and nursing assignments, improve accuracy and timeliness of documentation; and optimise ICU bed use.