10 Smart Reasons for Hospitals to Switch to an Anesthesia Information Management System

Paper-based anesthesia record-keeping is fraught with problems. Added to a clinician’s main responsibility—taking care of the patient—paper-based practices can be distracting, cumbersome, inaccurate—even dangerous.

Fortunately, there’s a solution. By automatically capturing data from various devices, and through seamless interoperability with EMR systems, anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) provide a reliable, defensible, accurate and legible record that benefits hospitals, doctors and patients alike.

For those who are unaware or still skeptical of these systems, here are the top reasons to switch from a paper-based system to an AIMS.

10 AIMS benefits: why AIMS are better than paper

1. More time spent with patients
AIMS enable clinicians to increase their focus on patient care.

2. Improved data capture
AIMS can generate detailed reports that provide insight into patient outcomes, quality of care, and other key performance indicators.

3. Better communication
Electronic records produced by an AIMS help clinicians coordinate care with other healthcare providers and improve continuity of care

4. Ease of use
AIMS device connectivity charts physiological data automatically and documents multiple statements in one click, creating a simple, legible and detailed record.

5. Greater accuracy
Automated data collection through an AIMS eliminates illegible handwriting and reduces instances of incomplete documentation.

6. Time savings
An AIMS automatically imports patient information from other hospital systems, saving clinicians valuable time. These data can be accessed and reviewed in near-real-time.

7. Legal defensibility
Paper records can be illegible and inaccurate. But an AIMS captures data automatically and legibly, providing a record that is much more defendable.

8. Improved billing and reimbursement
An AIMS speeds the reimbursement process by providing complete and accurate documentation.

9. Increased accessibility
AIMS-generated electronic records can be accessed anywhere within a hospital’s network, freeing clinicians to review patient data remotely.

10. Smoother workflow
An AIMS streamlines documentation processes and enables clinicians—therefore entire healthcare systems—to work more efficiently.

Convinced that it’s time to ditch paper-based anesthesia? You’re in good company. Even as early as 2014, nearly 75% of U.S. Academic Medical Centers were already using AIMS.[1]

End the paper chase
Reach out to Picis

Implementing an anesthesia information management system is easier than you think—and the benefits can be realized very quickly.

Picis is a global provider of clinical information solutions that automate the entire perioperative experience. Hundreds of hospitals have used our innovative Anesthesia Manager to save time, increase accuracy and defensibility, and provide anesthesiologists more time to spend with patients.

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[1] Galvez JA, Rothman BS, Doyle CA, Morgan S, Simpao AF, Rehman MA. A Narrative Review of Meaningful Use and Anesthesia Information Management Systems, Anes & Analg Sep 2015;121(3):693-706. DOI: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000881.