The Top Three Considerations That Can Make or Break your Anesthesia and Surgery Operations

This often-overlooked department is a key contributor to patient safety and revenue. Like many hospital departments, however, Anesthesia and Surgery carry their own technological challenges that require research and creativity to overcome.

1. Specialized information systems for Anesthesia and Surgery

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. Increasing 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. 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. Increasing the accuracy and timeliness of your documentation

Surgical procedures are the greatest single center of cost and revenue for many hospitals. 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.

Investment in an optimal Anesthesia and Surgery system can help improve all these needs. By doing so, you’ll ensure that you’re creating efficiencies while streamlining care. Moreover, maximizing patient safety, decreasing costs and increasing patient revenue.

On top of an effective perioperative system, hospitals need to invest in Lean management and Six Sigma principles as means to reduce waste and inefficiencies. YourCare Continuum Suite utilizes a Lean Six-Sigma Process Improvement Package which includes a five-phased approach that initiates immediate cost-savings and process improvement.

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