St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York, has selected PeriGen’s PeriCALM Tracings foetal surveillance system to provide real-time access to automated assessments of labour progress and foetal heart rate patterns.

The hospital decided to adopt the PeriCALM Tracings foetal surveillance system after observing the demonstrated interfacing between PeriGen and the Epic enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR) at another PeriGen client hospital’s test environment.

The system eliminates the need for double documentation by interfacing the patient information and foetal strip data between PeriGen and Epic enterprise-wide EHR.

This set-up also includes secure single sign-on functionality, which enables users to access both applications with one login.

St. Joseph’s Hospital director of information services Marty Mulderig said the hospital contacted PeriGen in April and moved very quickly to sign a contract with the company.

"We were impressed by the level of integration we saw with Epic. Most importantly, PeriCALM Tracings’ advanced foetal surveillance helps us maintain the high standard of care we are recognised for in our community," Mulderig added.

"We are thrilled to be working with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and to be part of their commitment to improving the quality of OB care."

PeriCALM Tracings features an expanded split screen to monitor the heart rate of the mother and baby – both at the present time and over the past two hours.

These dynamic visual cues help clinicians spot trends over time, to assist in preventing complications, increasing patient safety and reducing risk for clinicians and hospitals.

PeriGen CEO Matthew Sappern said that obstetrics is an area where clinicians and patients benefit significantly from having advanced technology immediately accessible at the bedside.

"Our solutions exist to help clinicians make knowledge-driven decisions. We are thrilled to be working with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and to be part of their commitment to improving the quality of OB care," Sappern added.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a Level III perinatal care centre, which is the site of approximately 1,900 births a year. It is also designated a Baby Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization.