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Keywords:

  • Cardiotocography;
  • Computer-assisted decision making;
  • Computer-assisted numerical analysis;
  • Fetal heart rate;
  • Fetal monitoring;
  • Maternal-child nursing;
  • Perinatal nursing

Computer analysis of the fetal heart rate is a technology of the Information Age commercially available for research and clinical practice. Intelligent systems are engineered with algorithms or neural networks designed to simulate expert knowledge. Automated analysis has provided objective, standardized, and reproducible data used to research fetal heart rate responses in the antepartum and intrapartum setting. Perinatal information systems can integrate FHR analysis and data management.