Surgical Information Systems Congratulates UC Irvine for Joint Commission Best Practices

ATLANTA, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Information Systems (SIS) congratulates UC Irvine Medical Center for earning full three-year accreditation from the Joint Commission and being recognized for several best practices in the delivery of anesthesia services.  During a recent survey, the Joint Commission referred to UCI and the quality of care provided by the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care as "top notch".

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SIS CEO Ed Daihl said that the Joint Commission feedback came as no surprise in light of the results UCI has seen since modernizing its anesthesia services in 2008 – an investment that included implementing Allscripts Sunrise Surgery, powered by Surgical Information Systems.  "The team at UCI has really focused on improving quality outcomes in the OR through best practices in anesthesia and throughout the entire perioperative department," said Daihl.  "SIS is proud to have partnered with UCI to help achieve the results highlighted by the Joint Commission.  This is what anesthesia automation is all about – keeping the focus on the patient and enabling anesthesia providers to provide a higher level of direct patient care."

To attain an accessible, legible and consistent automated record, UCI used workflows built into the perioperative solution powered by SIS.  The Joint Commission recognized best practices in both patient care hand-off and communication, both directly supported by the perioperative system.  Extensive use of SIS "Wizards" enabled UCI to promote consistency in communication, also supported by SIS Com – an innovative, Web-based patient tracking solution that improves patient flow and revolutionizes the way perioperative professionals communicate with their teams.

"The SIS perioperative solution has been a key component in our efforts to implement best practices and optimize the delivery of anesthesia services," said Dr. Zeev Kain, Chairman of the department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care and Associate Dean for Clinical Operations at UCI.  "It has directly supported our efforts to bring about the clinical and operational outcomes highlighted by the Joint Commission."

UCI has seen tangible operational results in addition to the quality successes identified by the Joint Commission.  Since implementing the solution powered by SIS, staff has seen the number of late starts for surgery decrease by 42 percent, and has seen the average inpatient OR turnover time improve by 30 percent.

SIS provides a real, proven solution for today's anesthesia providers. The single database platform provides an information-sharing environment necessary for patient safety and clinical excellence. SIS Anesthesia delivers a seamless solution dedicated to improving operational, clinical, and financial efficiency in the perioperative department.  It delivers the ease-of-use, accuracy, and automation needed to manage patients and optimize anesthesia practice.

About SIS

SIS provides software solutions that are uniquely designed to add value at every point of the perioperative 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).

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SOURCE Surgical Information Systems