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Annual Survey Demonstrates Increased Demand for Anesthesia Information Management Systems
Date:10/13/2011

ATLANTA, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Anesthesiologists are quickly turning to Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) to help deliver cost-effective, high quality care.  An annual survey of anesthesia providers shows an increased demand for AIMS with 57% of survey respondents indicating that IT solutions are a high priority. 63% reported meaningful use requirements as a key driver in IT decisions.  The survey of 212 anesthesia providers was sponsored by Surgical Information Systems.

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"This survey mirrors the AIMS demand we are seeing in the market," said Ed Daihl, CEO, Surgical Information Systems.

"Electronic anesthesia documentation enables fast, complete and legible anesthesia records, facilitating billing and providing a rich data set of information and analytics to be used for quality improvement and cost control efforts.  These are significant benefits; especially given the direction healthcare is headed."

In the survey, 43% report that they are either using or planning to implement an AIMS with an additional 28% evaluating systems in the next year. Key drivers cited for investment in AIMS include OR efficiencies to be gained from an electronic chart, analytics capabilities, improved communications, and support for mobile devices to cover all anesthesia sites within the hospital.  

40% of respondents state Quality of Patient Care as their top work concern. An AIMS supports quality by providing workflow driven documentation that maximizes caregiver time with patients and provides information for analysis afterwards.  

Decreasing Reimbursements was the second most stated work concern. As payment models shift from volume to outcomes, the ability to provide documented, high-quality care is a key focus. Survey respondents reported key cost reduction efforts that include:

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