Delayed Response Associated with Poor Outcomes in L&D.

The United States has become an outlier among developed nations with a rising rate of maternal deaths.1 In the US, maternal mortality has increased by 51% while the global rate has declined by 32% between 2000 and 2015. At the same time, NICU admissions are on the rise and the incidence of neonatal encephalopathy hovers above 1 per 1,000 births.2

The root cause of many of these unexpected complications has been attributed to delayed recognition and treatment in labor and delivery. There is mounting demand for new tools to rapidly identify worrisome trends and improve the timeliness of care for at-risk mothers and fetuses.


Incidence of severe maternal morbidity as high as 1 in 40 live births.3

One in four mothers have hypertension, diabetes or marked obesity.4

Conditions evolve over many hours, and clinicians often see only “snap shots.”

The majority of mortality and injuries are potentially avoidable:

  • 55% of baby brain injuries5
  • 60% of pregnancy-related maternal deaths6


By combining electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and Perinatal Early Warning Systems, hospitals can realize significant improvements in surveillance and outcomes:

  • Improved situational awareness of both patients
  • Real-time analysis and trending
  • Fewer NICU transfers
  • One study found a 17% reduction in maternal morbidity when an early-warning tool was used7

Advancing the Standard of Care for Labor & Delivery.

Capsule’s Intelligent Care Applications bring near-real time trending and early warning capabilities to the entire labor and delivery process. Our applications automate calculations and alerts and present data in a clear, graphical manner, helping to reduce alarm fatigue and improve the quality and timeliness of care for mother and fetus.

Improves Situational Awareness

  • Provides consistent analysis and visualization of fetal strip trends in near-real time
  • Enables timely decisions based on objective data from EFM analysis, labor progression and consolidated vital signs
  • Displays the progress and the status of L&D patients, along with any alerts or risk factors in-room or on connected mobile devices

Enables Timely Insights + Interventions

  • Tracks and identifies patients based on the degree and duration of abnormality
  • Integrates historical, labs, flowsheet and physiological device data in near-real time
  • Consolidates information onto a single screen for a complete view
  • Displays trends for the last 2 hours, 1 day, 2 days or the entire visit and considers underlying conditions

Reduces Patient Risk + Malpractice Exposure

  • Conveys patient status along with smart contextual alerts in the event of an unsafe situation or trend
  • Reduces alarm fatigue through role-specific alert escalation that can be customized for each provider type
  • Assesses labor progression with greater precision through a multifactor adaptive model

AlertWatch™: OB

This application is focused on reducing maternal mortality during labor and delivery. The software integrates over 200 elements of data and provides actionable insights to clinicians focused on improving the detection and response to emerging safety issues.

Learn More

Download our AlertWatch: OB product brief now.


PeriWatch® Vigilance

The intelligent application adds near real-time, early warning capabilities to your existing EFM surveillance system. This enterprise-level system uses proprietary algorithms to continuously analyze fetal heart rate patterns and labor progression. It consolidates critical data in a single view, helping to improve the quality and timeliness of care for mother and fetus.

Download our PeriWatch Vigilance product brief now.


Insights & Events

Catch up on the latest from Capsule

06 JUN 2019

Capsule Technologies, Inc. Earns MedTech Breakthrough Award

Capsule Technologies Inc. was awarded “Best Overall Medical Data Solution Provider” by MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market.

30 JAN 2019

Vitals Plus: Flexible, clinical-friendly workflow

An all-in-one solution for monitoring and clinical documentation that combines ease of use and efficiency.

GBD 2015 Maternal Mortality Collaborators. Global, regional, and national levels of maternal mortality, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet (London, England). 2016;388(10053):1775-1812. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31470-2
Wu, Yvonne W. et al. Nighttime delivery and risk of neonatal encephalopathy American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology , Volume 204 , Issue 1 , 37.e1 – 37.e6
CDC. Severe Maternal Morbidity in the United States. November 2017
Samuel Smith MD, Lynette Philip RN, Adi Zmiri MD, Emily Hamilton MD, Thomas Garite MD. “HIT and clinical synergy: A decade of decreasing NICU admissions & stabilizing cesarean rates” Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, Dec. 20, 2016
Sadler LC, Farquhar CM, Masson VL, Battin MR. Contributory factors and potentially avoidable neonatal encephalopathy associated with perinatal asphyxia.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016
MMRIA. Building U.S. Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths. (2018). Report from nine maternal mortality review committees. Canadian Medical Protective Association. Managing the Risks of Labour Induction
Early standardized treatment of critical blood pressure elevations is associated with a reduction in eclampsia and severe maternal morbidity. Shields LE, Wiesner S, Klein C, Pelletreau B, Hedriana HL. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Apr;216(4):415.e1-415