Following publication in The Lancet, K2 Medical Systems are proud to release INFANT-Guardian® technology that has been found in the largest maternity trial ever funded by the NHS, to help reduce stillbirths during childbirth by a factor or FOUR and reduce the numbers of babies born brain damaged by HALF compared to UK Obstetric Units who do not have the K2 technology.
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Robert Keith is the CEO and co-founder of K2 Medical Systems, a position he has held since the formation of the company in 1999.
Whilst a member of the Plymouth Perinatal Research Group, and having been awarded grants from the Medical Research Council, Robert undertook seven years of research between 1989 and 1996 to improve the interpretation of fetal heart rate monitoring during labour and clinical decision making. Robert developed a computer system to interpret the fetal heart rate record in real time and a prototype went on permanent exhibition at the National Science Museum, London. He was awarded a PhD entitled ‘Intelligent Fetal Monitoring and the Management of Labour’ in 1993.
Robert’s passion to further the understanding of fetal heart rate interpretation and improve maternity care led him to secure the position of Engineer Manager and then Senior Staff Scientist for Corometrics Medical Systems (inventors of fetal heart rate monitoring technology and now part of General Electric Medical Systems) in Connecticut, USA, from 1996 to 1999. Whilst in the USA, Robert also lectured on Expert Systems in Medicine at Trinity College, Connecticut, and was in advanced collaborative projects with Cornell University and MIT.In 1999, Robert then returned to the UK to form K2 Medical Systems; an innovation and technology company that develops and manufactures hardware and software medical devices for maternity and was the technology transfer vehicle for the previous decade of research and experience.
Under his leadership, K2 has grown from strength to strength and is now recognised as one of the leading maternity systems providers in the UK. Producing unique, innovative and effective products, K2 has developed quickly from its beginnings within a busy maternity department to an international concern which has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Innovation and winner of Healthcare innovation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. K2 now has subsidiary companies in Australia and the USA, as well as having representation on the ground in the Middle East and customers based around the world.
Robert is leading the company into its next decisive phase with the release of INFANT®, unique software designed to provide an electronic analysis of the fetal heart rate and interpretation during labour to support clinical decision making and avoid the human errors that lead to poor perinatal outcomes including avoidable stillbirth during labour. Following over 25 years of research and development, and having successfully evaluated INFANT® in the largest NHS funded maternity trial ever undertaken in the UK, Robert has seen his dreams of improving maternity care for all become a reality.
A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, as well as an Expert Witness providing advice in obstetric litigation regarding fetal monitoring, Robert remains committed to improving maternity care for mothers and their babies and is dedicated to continued innovation focused on improving healthcare outcomes.
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K2 Athena™ provides an electronic Personal Health Record system spanning the whole of pregnancy, covering: Community Services and Remote Connectivity, Antenatal Hospital Services, Labour and Delivery Services, Postnatal Services, Support, CNST and Governance.
K2 INFANT-Guardian® is an intelligent system that offers comprehensive Risk Reduction Technology for Labour and Delivery, ensuring the capture of quality data to hospital and national guidelines, supporting clinicians in best practice so to reduce errors and poor birth outcomes.
K2 PTP™ (Perinatal Training Programme) is an interactive, online, e-learning tool, offering certification for fetal monitoring and maternity crisis management, with a CTG training simulator, Competency Assessments and Learning Pathways, enabling tailored learning to improve core knowledge and test skills.