Supporting Clinical Decisions with Artificial Intelligence

Improving outcomes in healthcare is a global concern, and research and development into the advancement of clinical methods, and achieving better outcomes, is a constant undertaking for all healthcare providers.  The improvement of medicines, treatments and education to place the emphasis firmly on patient safety remains a common goal and, within this arena of improving care, Artificial Intelligence is becoming increasingly crucial.  As technological advancements increase exponentially, it is clear that AI is starting to play a key role in pioneering new innovations and efforts to improve outcomes across the healthcare field.  AI can assist and support clinicians in all aspects of care from confirming accuracy of diagnosis, providing and processing patient data, to analysing the association between prevention, treatment and patient care outcomes.  AI has the ability through task specific algorithms to support, confirm and validate decision making and provides processes with clear and defined solutions to assist care.

It is into this arena that K2s INFANT-Guardian® is making a profound difference in the world of maternity care.  Sitting within K2s intrapartum Electronic Health Record (EHR), Guardian™, the INFANT™ algorithm monitors the fetal CTG trace and processes this data to give a clear and defined output to alert clinicians whenever anomalies with the trace are detected.  Designed to build on human expertise, INFANT’s primary aim is to assist clinicians make informed decisions by analysing fetal wellbeing and to highlight signs of fetal distress, however, INFANT also aims to educate and to help develop the relationship between prevention and patient outcome.

By purposefully building teaching and educational material in to INFANT, the algorithm aims to raise standards of CTG interpretation and re-enforce education at the point of care.  Clinicians knowledge is enhanced through their interaction with INFANT and their engagement and logical thought processes are provoked and subsequent actions taken from their decisions.  The improvement in clinical practice and patient outcomes, which comes from using decision support systems, has long been recognised, and a systematic review of randomised controlled trials concluded that use of a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) ‘significantly improved clinical practice in 68% of trials’*.

Characteristics of a successful CDSS were identified within the review and INFANT-Guardian incorporates all four of the essential features required: it integrates seamlessly into the clinical workflow, it is fully electronic and paperless, it provides support contemporaneously and at the point of care, as well as containing alerts and guidance on the care provided.  Offering the complete risk management strategy, INFANT-Guardian supports and empowers users and delivers a superior CDSS to not only meet but exceed expectations. Combining all the benefits of Guardian EHR, with the unique abilities of INFANT CDS, allows the provision of best practice and supports clinicians in delivering high quality care to the patient.

Clinical Decision Support is the highest level of operational ability an EHR can exhibit, and INFANT-Guardian combines all the elements associated with an exceptional CDSS/EHR to achieve incomparable functionality within the clinical environment.

To find out more about INFANT-Guardian and to ensure your organisation/Trust can benefit from this exceptional intrapartum Electronic Health Record with Clinical Decision Support, call us on 01752 397800 or email [email protected].


* BMJ (2005) Kawamoto, Houlihan, Balas, Lobach ‘Improving clinical practice using clinical decision support systems: a systematic review of trials to identify features critical to success’. BMJ 330 (7494) 765