Picis Supports AORN SYNTEGRITY ™ Standardized Perioperative Framework

Collaboration with Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Helps Perioperative Clinicians Share Information and Benchmark Performance

WAKEFIELD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Picis announced its collaboration with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to incorporate the AORN SYNTEGRITY Standardized Perioperative Framework (SPF) into its market-leading perioperative solution suite. Leveraging AORN SYNTEGRITY data within Picis’ perioperative information systems helps hospitals and health networks to streamline reporting, track quality of outcomes and adherence to patient safety protocols, and reduce the amount of time clinical staff need to spend configuring electronic health records (EHRs).

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AORN SYNTEGRITY is a set of structured information that Picis solutions make available to perioperative nurses during the workflow of documenting clinical care. It uses AORN’s Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS 3) — a standardized nursing vocabulary common to the practice of perioperative nursing— and also provides content designed specifically for surgical care nurses. The information supports documentation before, during and after surgical care to help providers align with clinical standards and regulatory and accreditation requirements, to promote ongoing compliance and consistency of care. Data derived from AORN SYNTEGRITY documentation can be used to support benchmarking activities at one site or between hospitals, and enables surgical care practitioners to measure the quality and effectiveness of care against standards of best practice.

Tufts Medical Center, a Picis client, was the first health care organization in the United States to use AORN SYNTEGRITY in its perioperative workflow. Tufts Medical Center has been using Picis OR Manager since February 1, 2010 across 23 operating rooms and has built the PNDS 3 content into their case records.

“Creating an electronic health record for every patient by 2014 is an important part of our nation’s health agenda and AORN SYNTEGRITY Standardized Perioperative Framework provides a working example of how electronic and standardized documentation can become widespread in not only surgical departments but across the health care continuum,” said AORN Executive Director Linda Groah, RN, MSN, CNOR, FAAN. “Picis is helping hospitals move toward fulfilling this federal requirement and helping to guide perioperative care professionals toward safer practices.”

Picis has been committed to AORN’s standards for perioperative nursing practice since 2000, when it was among the first to integrate the initial PNDS into its software. Over the last ten years, Picis has provided comprehensive benchmarking and reporting in perioperative care to more than 600 health care clients — long before “meaningful use” became common terms.

“Since 2000, every version of Picis perioperative suite has incorporated AORN standards to help nurses manage and analyze the care they provide. Our experience provides us with a deep understanding of the challenges hospitals are facing in managing cost-, resource- and clinically-intensive areas of the hospital. Integrating the SYNTEGRITY framework into our perioperative solutions will enable us to further help our clients improve efficiency and promote surgical best practices,” said Marianne Slight, Vice President, Perioperative and Critical Care Solutions of Picis.

Picis OR Manager, PACU Manager, and Anesthesia Manager, part of the CareSuite® family of high-acuity solutions, incorporate integration with AORN SYNTEGRITY information. This perioperative suite has been delivering operational efficiencies and helping to enhance clinician and patient experiences at hospitals worldwide since 1994.

About AORN

AORN, Inc., the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, represents over 41,000 Registered Nurses in the U.S. and abroad who facilitate the management, teaching and practice of perioperative nursing, or who are enrolled in nursing education or engaged in perioperative research. Its members also include perioperative nurses who work in related business and industry sectors. AORN's mission is to support RNs in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN promotes quality patient care by providing its members with education, standards, services and representation. www.aorn.org.

About Picis

Picis, now part of Ingenix, is a global provider of innovative solutions that enable rapid and sustained delivery of clinical documentation, financial and operational results in the emergency departments, surgical suites and intensive care units of more than 2100 hospitals in 19 countries. For more information about Picis, visit www.picis.com.

About Ingenix

Ingenix is a leading provider of health information, technology and consulting services. Organizations, institutions, businesses and government agencies that comprise the health care system depend on Ingenix solutions and insights to improve their performance. Visit www.ingenix.com for more information.


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