Martinique GCS* SIS: a shared platform for recording patient data in maternity wards

*GCS = Health Cooperation Group in France


Background

Martinique maternity wards can now benefit from a shared platform to record vital data for foetal and maternal monitoring. Yvon Marie-Sainte, Director of the Martinique Health Cooperation and IT Systems Group, explains how the platform can record everything that goes on in managing neonatal and obstetric care with ENOVACOM Patient Connect.

Key benefits in choosing ENOVACOM Patient Connect

What projects are the Martinique GCS SIS currently working on?

Yvon Marie-Sainte: At the moment, we are working on implementing a shared platform to use patient information from medical devices. The group includes all public structures such as the Martinique Hospital, as well as private care providers such as the Saint Paul clinic and nursing homes. Overall, we helped 14 establishments use digital tools and new technology, especially in e-health. We also do our utmost to help them integrate these new tools.

What is the current scope of this platform which lets you use patient data?

Y.M-S: The hospital’s main need was to create a regional obstetrics file. It involves integrating and archiving newborn babies and mothers vital signs from medical monitoring devices. The first step was to share all the information in the obstetric dossier to centralise neonatal and obstetric care monitoring information. This not only had to match the care providers’ requirements but the perinatal networks’ and the Regional Health Agency’s requirements too. Next, we plan to include other specialties in the platform based on the demand from other healthcare professionals.

The advantage of ENOVACOM Patient Connect is that it is fully interoperable with all kinds of medical devices and health software.

How does this work in practice?

Y.M-S: First and foremost, we chose the ENOVACOM Patient Connect solution because it has the advantage of being fully interoperable with all kinds of medical devices and health software. As it is entirely software-based, it does not require any additional hardware which makes it easier for us to set up. When in use, the monitoring devices send foetal chart data, unborn babies’ heartbeats and details of the mothers’ contractions directly to ENOVACOM Patient Connect. These vital signs are then transferred to the obstetric medical records – IDO Perinat of the IDO-IN developer.

Previously, monitoring data was manually recorded on paper which consumes time and provides possibility for error. Now we’ve not only improved accessibility but also information reliability.

Which hospital staff use the platform most?

Y.M-S: It’s mainly used by midwives who are able to connect patients to monitoring devices which are directly linked to ENOVACOM Patient Connect. All the data is automatically integrated into the medical records which is part of the regional platform. Here, the partogram, which records the delivery progress, is created and fed information. As a result, we have a complete file at the ready in case the patient comes back in to hospital or wishes to contest something for example. « Previously, monitoring data was written down on paper which consumes time and provides possibility for error. Now we’ve not only improved accessibility but also information reliability. »

Which maternity wards on the island use this software?

Y.M-S: Today, the Saint Paul Clinic in Fort-de-France uses it. But the idea is to extend it to the other maternity wards in Martinique. Other hospital departments may get involved depending on the demand. For example, a speciality like anesthesia could be a perfect match for the platform as it is very much linked to biomedical devices.