KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maternal and fetal monitoring play a large part in ensuring a high standard of quality care for mothers and their babies. Historically, in order to view information from fetal monitoring devices, direct access to the hospital, clinic or a desktop computer was necessary. With clinicians constantly on the go and facing the need to provide high quality care outside the four walls of a hospital, this access isn't always possible.
To solve this problem, Cerner (Nasdaq:CERN) developed Cerner FetaLink+™, a solution that provides clinicians access to maternal and fetal surveillance information via an iPad or iPhone, driving efficiency at the point of care. Cerner FetaLink+, which integrates with Cerner PowerChart Touch™, recently received 510(k) pre-market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now available in the United States and all U.S. territories.
Managing risk and ensuring a high level of care are critical in the maternal care setting. Cerner FetaLink+ allows clinicians to assess the status of patients by displaying the relationship of fetal and maternal waveforms, allowing clinicians to more easily analyze changes in waveform patterns over time. Additionally, clinicians can temporarily or permanently hide or display any waveforms. They can then analyze each waveform independently or in conjunction with waveforms of choice to support decision-making.
Clinicians can quickly view annotations on the fetal strip. The annotation summary offers clinicians a quick way to review a chronological order of vital signs and annotation entries. The summary also serves as a navigation tool for viewing a historical waveform at the correlating time of entry.
The Cerner FetaLink+ solution, along with Cerner FetaLink® and Cerner PowerChart Maternity™ solution, helps populate lifetime electronic health records for the mother and the baby, gathering data even before a baby is born. A fully integrated maternity solution benefits clinicians and their patients by:
- Providing near real-time access to critical information about a woman's pregnancy and the health of her baby, improving patient safety and helping clinicians make informed decisions;
- Creating mobile access to fetal and maternal waveform data and key pregnancy related data: EDD, EGA, cervical exam status, and gravida para.
- Allowing clinicians to compare historical pregnancy data that can be used to evaluate the health of subsequent pregnancies; and
- Reducing medical errors associated with illegible handwriting and transcription inaccuracies.
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