Can Using Fetal Heart Rate Interpretation Software during Labor Improve Outcomes?

May 3, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​A study published on April 29, 2017, in The Lancet found that use of computerized decision-support software to interpret fetal heart rate in women who have continuous electronic fetal monitoring during labor does not improve clinical outcomes for mothers and babies. The authors examined outcomes from 47,026 women age 16 or older who had continuous electronic fetal monitoring during labor at 24 maternity units within the U.K. and Ireland between January 6, 2010, and August 31, 2013. The women, who had given consent to participate in the study, were randomly assigned to one of two groups, a decision-support group using the system and a group that did not use decision support.

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