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Huntsville Memorial Hospital Selects Surgical Information Systems to Increase Safety, Generate Cost Savings

ATLANTA, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Information Systems ("SIS") announced today that Huntsville Memorial Hospital in Huntsville, TX, selected SIS' surgical solution to automate its perioperative department, interfacing with the hospital's current MEDITECH system to provide patient care benefits while increasing revenue and generating significant cost savings.  Huntsville Memorial chose SIS because it best supports the facility's goals in automating the entire perioperative continuum, including anesthesia, to enable the highest level of patient care and increased ROI.


"The SIS solution supports our efforts to provide the best perioperative experience possible to our community," said Donna Stewart, Chief Nursing Officer of Huntsville Memorial.  "With SIS, we will have the clinical tools to optimally schedule and manage surgical procedures across our hospital and ambulatory surgery center, create a unified electronic perioperative record, and apply powerful analytics for continual process improvement – all of which provide for a better patient experience."

"As a community hospital completely focused on fulfilling the needs of the people we serve, we felt strongly about the need to bring in the best perioperative system available," said John Heemann, Chief Information Officer for Huntsville Memorial.  "We knew that our patients would be best served with a surgery solution that was interoperable with our MEDITECH system and provides outstanding patient safety benefits.  We are excited to be automating the entire perioperative department on a single database with anesthesia, patient tracking and a robust analytics tool."

Huntsville Memorial Chief Financial Officer Bob Gray said that he anticipates the SIS Solution will provide important financial benefits as well.  "Huntsville Memorial selected SIS because we identified its capacity to increase perioperative revenue and generate cost savings through improved charge capture, reduced turnover time and more efficient scheduling," said Gray.  "Ultimately we see potential to significantly decrease case costs and increase quality at the same time.  This will produce benefits for both our patients and the hospital."

Huntsville Memorial's SIS implementation will include SIS Anesthesia and the AHA-endorsed SIS Com, an innovative patient tracking solution that revolutionizes the way perioperative professionals communicate with their teams.  SIS Analytics, also endorsed by the American Hospital Association, will allow for quick yet insightful analysis of perioperative-specific information such as OR utilization, case costs, supply costs, and compliance with regulatory agencies.

"Community hospitals seeking to provide the best possible care to their patients will find that the best approach for their perioperative departments is a single database solution incorporating rich tools for tracking, measuring and especially reporting," said SIS CEO Ed Daihl.  "To be most effective, surgical teams must have instant access to the information they need to make informed decisions about patient care.  SIS is proud to partner with Huntsville Memorial to exceed the expectations of its community – and provide significant financial benefits to the hospital in the process."

About Huntsville Memorial Hospital

Huntsville Memorial Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited, not-for-profit acute care community hospital. Since 1927, the hospital has provided charitable health care services, delivering quality healthcare to the residents of Walker County and the surrounding communities. As a testament to the quality health care services that Huntsville Memorial Hospital provides, the hospital is recognized as an affiliate of Memorial Hermann, a health care network serving the greater Houston area.

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About SIS

SIS provides software solutions that are uniquely designed to add value at every point of the perioperative documentation process. Developed specifically for the complex surgical environment, all SIS solutions – including anesthesia – are architected on a single database and integrate easily with other hospital systems. SIS offers the only surgical scheduling system endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA), and a rules-based charging system that has been granted Peer Reviewed status by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Surgical Information Systems' 5.0.3 release is an ONC-ATCB Modular EHR.  This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Surgical Information Systems' 5.0.3 release certified on November 19, 2010, Certification ID 11192010-6161-8.

SIS, the SIS logo, and Surgical Information Systems are trademarks of Surgical Information Systems, LLC. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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