Texas Women’s Children’s Pavilion partners with PerIGen to bring PeriWatch Vigilance® to Malawi | Texas


HOUSTON, June 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women® announced the start of the PeriWatch Vigilance today® Program in Lilongwe, Malawi (in south Africa), in partnership with PeriGen Advanced Perinatal Software, a provider of innovative software solutions for over 20 years with the aim of protecting mothers and babies everywhere. In a public-private partnership with the Texas Children’s Global Women’s Health Program, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Malawi and Malawi Ministry of Health (Area 25) is offering this Artificial Intelligence tool, provided free of charge by PeriGen, of one of the most advanced fetal monitoring systems in one of the most under-equipped areas of the world to help clinicians identify stillbirths and newborn mortality rates to lower.

“In the US alone, nearly half of adverse birth outcomes are preventable and involve non-standard assessments of fetal monitor data, risks that PeriGen directly mitigates,” said Matthew Sappern, CEO of PeriGen. “But this is a universal challenge, with no artificial boundaries by nation or region, and PeriGen and Texas Children’s are demonstrating in Malawi that even the most advanced medical support can be delivered efficiently and effectively around the globe. “

PeriWatch Vigilance is an automated early warning system and clinical decision support tool designed to improve clinical efficiency, timely intervention and standardization of care. The FDA cleared system can track critical information for hundreds of patients simultaneously across multiple hospital locations. Using artificial intelligence and other analysis techniques, it continuously monitors the maternal vital functions, fetal heart rate, contractions and the course of labor and provides results graphically and with percentiles. Because of this continuous monitoring, PeriWatch Vigilance can detect abnormalities during labor and notify clinicians immediately.

As Vice President, Global Women’s Health at Texas Children’s, Dr. Jeff Wilkinson discovered the harsh reality of maternal mortality, stillbirths, and early newborn deaths in Malawi. For every 100,000 live births there is 400 maternal mortality and for every 50 births Malawi loses 1 baby. in the Texas, the death rate is much lower – 14 (white) and 27 (black) women per 100,000 live births. The Area 25 District Hospital in Malawi, where the Texas Children’s team works with the Department of Health, delivers more than 7,000 deliveries a year, a volume similar to that of the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

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“The high mortality rate coupled with even higher birth rates meant that many of the newborns needed high levels of care that were historically inaccessible,” said Wilkinson. “With the introduction of the PeriWatch Vigilance Program Malawi and Texas Children’s Doctors will be able to further improve the level of care and safety for mothers and babies. We believe this breakthrough technology, once alien to sub-Saharan Africa, will help reduce the number of Malawian babies who die in labor and delivery. “

Soon clinicians will have direct access to the early warning system for mother and fetus from all major devices including desktops, tablets and cell phones. This “mobile solution” enables 24/7 early warning notifications, unit monitoring, and bedside patient care advice so doctors can quickly review trends from hours of records and have a consolidated overview at the touch of a button.

“We have started to carry out continuous PeriGen monitoring in collaboration with our colleagues from the Ministry of Health and most of our patients Malawi and have seen an incredible response to this new technology on the part of obstetrics providers, “said Wilkinson.” Our leadership team at Drs. Ibe Iwuh and Chikhondi Chiweza and midwife Rachel Macleod helped drive the project forward. We believe the system has prevented some stillbirths and has allowed us to intervene early to prevent asphyxiation in some cases. While long-term trends remain to be seen, we are optimistic about what implementation of this technology will achieve. “

In collaboration with the Global Women’s Health Program and Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Malawi, the team at Texas Children’s Information Services that oversees the implementation of PeriWatch vigilance® Project overcame many obstacles in implementing this new technology, including network infrastructure and the procurement of the required workstations. They also worked within a complex security design to develop a solution that would allow data to be transmitted securely.

“The structure and implementation of PeriWatch in Malawi, the fourth poorest country in the world, went more smoothly than expected, “added Dr. Wilkinson.” The adoption of the technology by our local obstetricians has been excellent. We have already seen results that strongly suggest a trend towards fewer stillbirths and newborn deaths. We are very excited that the system is up and running and plan to roll it out to all of our birthing rooms over the next two months to effectively cover all 7,000 births per year. “

“We are very proud of the commitment that Dr. Wilkinson and our Global Health teams have shown to make this initiative a success in partnership with PeriGen, ”said Dr. Michael Belfort, Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief at the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. “Our mission has always been to provide mothers and babies with the best possible care and outcomes, and it is an honor to expand this mission to resource-poor areas of the world.”

More information about PeriGen can be found on the provider’s website at perigen.com. To learn more about PeriWatch vigilance® PeriGen has a number of resources on its program Website and in it Video. To learn more about the Texas Children’s Global Women’s Health Program, visit theirs Website.


Texas Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit health care organization, works to create healthier futures for children and women across the world by being a leader in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital Texas, and among the top performers in the country, Texas Children’s has received widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in child and women’s health. The hospital includes Jan and Dan Duncan’s neurological research institute; the Feigin tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics / gynecology facility focused on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a suburban community hospital West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital dedicated to childcare for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the country’s first HMO for children; has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country, Texas Children’s Pediatrics; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in out-of-hours care tailored to children; and a global health program that cares for children and women around the world. The Texas Children’s Global Health program leads efforts to promote equal health opportunities through innovative collaboration in care, education and research for underserved populations worldwide. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, see www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.


PeriGen Inc., a Halma company, provides innovative perinatal software solutions that incorporate advanced statistical analysis capabilities to improve clinical efficiency and standardization of care during childbirth. Under the guidance of seasoned OB practitioners and IT visionaries, PeriGen created the PeriWatch® platform to enable consistent analysis and efficient display of complex data to facilitate better human recognition and communication about impending problems during labor. With PeriWatch®, doctors can spend more time on direct patient care and less time on manual calculations and data manipulation. To learn more, visit www.perigen.com; Visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook; or send an email to [email protected]

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