The Top 3 Tech Considerations for Anesthesia and Surgery

This often-overlooked department is a key contributor to patient safety and revenue. Like many hospital departments, however, Anesthesia and Surgery carries its own technological challenges that require research and creativity to overcome. Dr. Paul St. Jacques is a practicing anesthesiologist, has published 15 peer-reviewed research articles and is active in multiple professional organizations. He outlines the top 3 tech considerations for streamlining your perioperative environment.

1. Anesthesia and surgery require a specialized information system

The unique needs of the perioperative environment demand a specifically designed system. It should focus first on patient safety, such as decision support and reminders to ensure compliance with reported indicators, and it should offer efficiency, such as patient tracking and distributed knowledge.

Because enterprise hospital information systems (HIS) often lag in perioperative functionality, surgeons and anesthesiologists who seek best practices prefer best-of-breed anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) and/or perioperative information management systems (PIMS).

2. A perioperative information system must increase patient safety

Perioperative systems have intrinsic design features to support safety. For example, decision support systems provide the clinician with time-based or process-based reminders to perform specific tasks. Specifically, Such tasks might include the administration of pre-surgical antibiotics, ensuring complete documentation or providing a complete preoperative time-out checklist or postoperative hand-off.

3. Perioperative is your hospital’s financial engine

Surgical procedures are the greatest single center of cost and revenue for many hospitals. Especially, This is why it’s critical to enhance the perioperative environment to decrease costs through improved efficiency and to increase revenue by improving the accuracy and timeliness of documentation.

Ideally, you’ll want to invest in one Anesthesia and Surgery system that addresses all 3 of these needs. By doing so, you’ll ensure that you’re creating efficiencies while streamlining care, maximizing patient safety, decreasing costs and increasing patient revenue.

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