History of Perinatal Information System

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Monday, 03 May 2010 16:53

 MPS. Newsletter of worldwide activity. March 2010

Since its inception 40 years ago the Latin American Center for Perinatology/ Women’s and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR) of the Pan American Health Organization has worked with the countries in the Americas to improve perinatal health.

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One of the first problems identified in countries was the lack of uniformity in data collection when mother and newborn receive health care and, sometimes, the absence of relevant information that resulted in a deterioration of the quality of services. Therefore it was necessary to address the lack of data for service planning at local level and the impossibility to compare the data with those from other health units at national and international levels. In response to this situation, CLAP/WR developed the Perinatal Information System (SIP).

The Perinatal Information System is a standard for perinatal clinical records developed by PAHO/WHO at the Latin American Centre for Perinatology. SIP is free domain software for filing and analysing the burden of problems, interventions and outcomes of health services at local level. SIP clinical records and software are periodically updated by consensus by a group of Latin American and Caribbean experts in obstetrics and neonatology. The material is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

SIP collects basic data needed for the care of women and neonates. The data are available in a modular format including: Maternal Identification, Woman History, Current Pregnancy, Antenatal Visits, Labor/ Childbirth or Abortion, Women Diseases, Neonatal History and Diseases, Puerperium, Neonatal and Maternal Discharge.With different degrees of development, SIP is being used in 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as in Spain and Equatorial Guinea