Press release

Western Maryland Health System Selects the Rothman Index for Global Clinical Surveillance to Improve Health Outcomes

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As part of its continued effort to improve patient outcomes and further
its mission of patient-centered care and improving the health and
well-being of people in the communities it serves, Western Maryland
Health System (WMHS) has chosen the Rothman Index software to replace
the Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS). WMHS serves Allegany, Garrett
and Washington Counties in Maryland and surrounding counties in West
Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Western Maryland Health System (Photo: Business Wire)

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The Rothman Index is the first algorithm that automatically derives one
simple score from the vast amount of data in electronic medical records
to create a picture of any patient’s condition, trended over time – any
age, any disease, any unit. The data feeding the Rothman Index reflects
the real-time status of multiple body systems, and therefore captures
subtle changes in patient condition, often hours or days earlier than
existing vitals-based algorithms like MEWS. For WMHS, the Rothman Index
will connect to its MEDITECH system.

“The Rothman index will help us identify patient decline earlier to
provide better service. Using predictive analytics will help lower
mortality and readmission rates, and ultimately help improve quality
while reducing costs,” said James Karstetter, Vice President and Chief
Nursing Officer, WMHS. “This technology aligns with our continual
efforts towards performance excellence and enhanced patient safety.”

WMHS expects the Rothman Index will help clinicians detect sepsis sooner
by identifying patients who are deteriorating even before a sepsis
screening takes place. It will also help identify patients eligible for
a palliative care consult, while establishing customized and consistent
patient alerts to assist with onboarding new employees.

“We are delighted Western Maryland Health System has selected the
Rothman Index to advance its global clinical surveillance efforts. The
Rothman Index is the only algorithm proven to reduce mortality in
practice. As with all our valued customers, we are excited to begin this
partnership, and we are committed to successful clinical and operational
adoption and improvement,” said PeraHealth CEO, Greg White.

To learn more about the power of the Rothman Index, register for
PeraHealth’s upcoming webinar: “The Rothman Index for Palliative
Care: Have the Conversation,”

About Western Maryland Health System

Western Maryland Health System was formed in 1996 to strengthen the
healthcare services in Western Maryland and the surrounding communities
in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In November 2009, WMHS opened a new
state-of-the-art hospital on Willowbrook Road in Cumberland, Maryland.

The Western Maryland Regional Medical Center has over 200 beds and
offers a comprehensive range of general and specialty services for
medical, surgical, and obstetrical patients. In addition to
hospital-based services, WMHS has a network of diagnostic centers,
urgent care centers, physician practices, a skilled nursing facility,
home care, and other outpatient specialty services.

WMHS has been at the forefront of value-based care and is continuously
working to improve the overall health of the community with a variety of
health initiatives, including: health screenings, classes on adopting
healthy lifestyles, community education, and exercise programs. WMHS has
also addressed the issue of underserved populations by opening Community
Outreach Clinics that aim to help at-risk populations make more informed
healthcare decisions.

As of February 2018, WMHS and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center) joined together in a clinical affiliation to work cooperatively
to enhance healthcare services for local residents. The partnership
enables WMHS to build upon its success in providing value-based care and
to strengthen its ability to deliver quality care, transform care
delivery and reduce the total cost of providing care in the community.

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About PeraHealth

PeraHealth is a software company that uses the Rothman Index to
transform the clinical and financial efficiency of healthcare. The
Rothman Index is the only algorithm that derives one simple score from
the vast amount of data in the electronic medical record to create a
picture of any patient’s condition over time – any age, any disease,
any unit. It is the only algorithm proven to reduce mortality in
practice. Other results include reducing length of stay and
readmissions. Our customers are leading hospitals and clinicians who
need to identify patients at risk of rapid decline, make decisions about
transfer and discharge, predict the risk of severe infection, and
improve the overall efficiency and quality of care. For more
information, visit
and @PeraHealth.