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Saving Lives in Bihar with Studiocode

Emir Plicanic
Emir Plicanic

December 01, 2016

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Vosaic, formerly Studiocode Group, is focused on providing solutions that unlock human potential and bring about significant change for good. PRONTO International uses the Vosaic video software to improve patient outcomes by analyzing medical treatment performance.

Challenge 

PRONTO’s mission was set for rural areas of Bihar, India, where the high rates of maternal and neonatal complications are a complex, multidimensional problem. There is a pressing need for additional provider training to address this situation in a manner that will take into consideration the complexities of quality improvement beyond just assuring adequate provider knowledge and skills. Training must take into account additional factors such as infrastructure, resources (both personnel and supplies), and provider attitudes. PRONTO collaborated with local partners to develop a simulation and team training program relevant to the needs in Bihar, modified to reflect national guidelines, and that complimented and integrated fully into larger initiatives. This was to be a high-dose mentoring model in which PRONTO would train a cadre of 120 nurse midwifes who would mentor care providers in 376 facilities over a three-year project implementation. The midwife mentors would teach these local health care facilities basic maternal and neonatal care, along with emergency care for the most common scenarios.

PRONTO International identified in the early stages of the project development that a solution was required to measure and evaluate the impact and successes of their approach and create quantifiable data that proved the efficacy of their efforts. With a large scale mission, which depended upon the skill and efficiency of the trained midwife mentors, a way to track and analyze the results was critical.

Solution 

PRONTO partnered with University of California at San Francisco, University of Utah, CARE India, and the Government of Bihar to begin its work. During the implementation of the study, Studiocode became one of the technological centerpieces, allowing all involved parties to collaborate and consistently measure outcomes, while also studying and identifying ways to improve current midwife trainings and simulations. 

Each midwife mentor filmed the simulations at the local facility, followed by a debriefing with the local healthcare providers to discuss successes and opportunities for improvement. That debriefing video was then utilized to help the midwife mentor recognize how she could improve her communication and training skills.

“Without Studiocode, we would not have been able to collect the breadth of data that this mission required. Studiocode’s ability to analyze the data in such a way that we can consistently see patterns and improvements brought a level of detail to our training that we had not been able to track before.”

Hilary Spindler, MPH,
Senior Technical Advisor, UCSF Global Health Sciences

Results

Studiocode software made it possible for PRONTO to study how healthcare facilities as well as midwife mentors can heighten their communication and teaching skills. PRONTO was able to improve patient outcomes through improved training, while uncovering findings by tracking large quantities of data related to delayed cord clamping, teamwork, and communication. Videos were analyzed twice, once for communication and then again for scenario conclusions and evidence-based outcomes. 

This project produced a high volume of video data, with 10,000 simulation videos, 3,300+ of which were analyzed, and 5-10% reconciled, in addition to 300 debrief videos. In total, this amounts to approximately 88,000 minutes of video content.

10,000Simulation Videos


Improved Training For:

376Facilities
120Midwifes

About PRONTO International

PRONTO International is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving maternal and neonatal health worldwide. PRONTO aims to optimize care during birth by developing and implementing innovative training strategies that act as a catalyst for health care providers to make individual, team, and systems changes.

Well-trained healthcare providers require opportunities to practice skills in high-stress environments to ensure appropriate responses during an emergency. PRONTO’s highly realistic simulations ask care teams to respond to and manage emergency scenarios, and then engage in guided self-analyses of their performance through video-assisted debriefing. PRONTO has shown that the same concepts and techniques that have proven to be effective in transforming delivery of efficient and safe care for patients in high-resource settings can, and must, be applied to improve outcomes in low-resource settings.

PRONTO had its genesis in academia and rigorous evaluation is extremely important to both current and ongoing work. As PRONTO has grown, they’ve maintained a commitment to ensuring that what they’re doing is making a global difference.


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WRITTEN BY:

Emir Plicanic

President of Vosaic. Prior to helping to launch Vosaic, Emir enjoyed the many hats he wore as an Interactive Art Director, UX Lead, and Product Owner at Nelnet. As an Adjunct Instructor at a local community college, Emir helped others learn new skills to advance their careers in the tech industry.

When he’s not training for a half-marathon, tackling a home-improvement project, or dusting off his guitar, Emir can be found balancing family life with the perfect cup of coffee and an ever-growing book collection.

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