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Tufts Medical Center Automates Anesthesia Documentation Process

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 23 Jul 2014
Image: Tufts Medical Center in Boston (Photo courtesy of the Tufts Medical Center).
Image: Tufts Medical Center in Boston (Photo courtesy of the Tufts Medical Center).
Tufts Medical Center (Boston, MA, USA) has adopted Anesthesia Touch, a full-featured anesthesia information management system (AIMS) that automates anesthesia documentation.

The Plexus Information Systems (Plexus IS; Boston, MA, USA) Anesthesia Touch AIMS improves workflow processes, enhances patient safety, and increases mobility for Tufts Medical Center's anesthesia providers. The system allows clinicians to utilize Apple iOS iPad technology in preoperative and postoperative rooms, and Windows touchscreen technology in the intraoperative rooms. The system uses a cloud-based solution for capturing, managing, and storing patient information.

Anesthesia Touch also provides intelligent clinical decision support, such as allergy alerts, antibiotic re-dosing, and best practice compliance reminders. An electronic medical record (EMR) reporting engine also allows departments and facilities to capture valuable information for analysis. The data captured may also be used to drive outcome studies and practice improvement initiatives. Tight integration by Anesthesia Touch with other systems and equipment in operating rooms also enhances communication between perioperative personnel.

“It was extremely important for us to have a customizable AIMS system with an intuitive and clinician-friendly user interface to suit the diverse needs of an academic medical center,” said Scott Segal, MD, MHCM, anesthesiologist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. “The capability of our AIMS to integrate with other hospital systems ensures that our patients receive the highest level of anesthesia care at our Medical Center.”

“We are proud to partner with Tufts Medical Center as their AIMS provider. They are an important regional healthcare provider with a long history of providing outstanding patient care,” said Albert Woo, MD, president of Plexus IS. “Comprehensive reporting will also help Tufts Medical Center to effectively demonstrate quality performance compliance and will help anesthesia providers take full advantage of the clinical and financial benefits of the meaningful use incentive program.”

Tufts Medical Center is an academic medical center located in downtown Boston (MA, USA), and is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and the Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. The 415-bed academic medical center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is also affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance (Braintree, MA, USA), a network of nearly 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

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