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Ochsner Health System, Surgical Information Systems Partner to Rebuild New Orleans Healthcare Infrastructure
Date:11/24/2008

ATLANTA, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- For over a decade Ochsner Health System has enjoyed a partnership with Surgical Information Systems (SIS) that has resulted in improved patient care, cost savings and increased revenues for Ochsner's surgical services. In recent years, the people of New Orleans have seen more than their share of tragedy. Natural disasters -- most notably Hurricane Katrina -- have left the greater New Orleans hospital infrastructure badly damaged. Ochsner Medical Center was one of the only hospitals that remained fully functional during and after Katrina.

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In the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane, about half of the area's operating rooms were destroyed leaving the remaining medical facilities under staffed and over crowded. Dr. Lynn Witherspoon, system vice president and CIO for Ochsner Health System, credits the efficiencies provided by SIS' information technology with giving the Operating Room (OR) staff the tools they needed to provide care to a substantially increased number of patients.

"Our decision was to take all patients regardless of whether they were previously scheduled or able to pay," said Witherspoon. "We learned that in a disaster situation it's all about doing whatever it takes. That's why we looked to our perioperative partner, Surgical Information Systems, to aid our physicians and clinicians in helping us meet the demand for surgical healthcare services. Without SIS installed in our ORs the challenge would have been much greater."

In the three years since Katrina, Ochsner has increased its outpatient surgical activity and acquired five community hospitals in part to meet the community's growing demand for surgical services. Dr. Witherspoon said that standardizing around SIS has enabled the health system to o
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