Dignity Health Insights March Newsletter
I s sue 11—Ma r ch 2016
This newsletter is brought to you by:
Dr. Joe Colorafi & Bill Guise
T H E P OWE R T O T R A N S F O RM H E A L T H C A R E
Perinatal Risk Prevention-Preventing Neonatal Encephalopathy
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is brain injury in babies due to low oxygen circulation during labor. Babies with moderate to severe HIE require high acuity intensive care and often long-term care in chronic care settings. Due to poor outcomes, HIE exposes patients and their families as well as Dignity Health to various hardships and risks. We are develop- ing a predictive model algorithm that monitors real time data including fetal heart rate and other clinical variables for earli- er recognition of HIE babies and timely intervention on high risk cases. This algorithm will oversee raw monitor data (streaming digital) and identify the features and events of interest in the baby’s heart rate pattern (top tracing above-left). Those results will be merged with clinical variables (like Mother’s age, Gestational age etc.—shown above-right) in a model to predict the likelihood of developing HIE or low APGAR score in babies. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of these cases and the associated impacts to babies, families and Dignity Health.
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