Jackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a leading Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) provider, announced today that Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH), a not-for-profit community healthcare facility in Potsdam, New York, has successfully automated its anesthesia documentation, transitioning from paper records to Anesthesia Touch™, a state-of-the-art system that streamlines perioperative workflow and allows CPH clinicians to focus upon patient care without the distractions of manual charting and paper shuffling.
The new Plexus TG system has been an instant hit with the anesthesia providers who quickly have recognized the value and importance of its seamless integration with existing hospital systems, a vital key to achieving smooth workflows before, during and after surgery. They appreciate the efficiency with which they now can access patient preoperative information such surgical history, problems, medications, allergies and lab results. During surgery, they automatically capture physiologic data and quickly document events and clinical actions. After surgery, they can immediately begin caring for their next patient, confident that the validation checks built in to Anesthesia Touch will ensure complete documentation that flows seamlessly into the patient chart and results in a complete, accurate, billable anesthesia record.
“Plexus’ Anesthesia Touch is an exciting product and exactly what I was looking for in an AIMS. Portable, intuitive and fun to work with, it has improved our process enormously,” said Shelly R. Stelzer MD, Chief, Department of Anesthesia at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
“The pre-anesthesia evaluation is seldom the first step in a patient’s journey towards surgery. The anesthesia team’s conversation with the patient cannot center on data entry, it has to leverage knowledge from the pre-surgical nursing assessment,” explained Greg Matthews, Director of Product Management at Plexus Technology Group. “Clinical data integration makes this possible, bringing existing information into the iPad at anesthesia’s fingertips.” At CPH, more than a dozen types of data flow into the anesthesia assessment, from allergies and medications to problem lists and surgical history.
During surgery, data streaming from the patient monitors automates routine documentation. “The Plexus system makes charting effortless, giving us more time to concentrate on the patient. The ability to capture images is a great feature because we can take photos of our nerve blocks once they are complete and Anesthesia Touch automatically attaches them to the case,” said Jorge L. Mangual CRNA, Assistant Chief of Anesthesiology at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
“It was a pleasure working with the entire team at Canton-Potsdam Hospital to develop seamless integration between their Meditech EHR system and our AIMS solution. The clinicians quickly incorporated Anesthesia Touch into their workflow and it was exciting to see how easily they transitioned from paper to an electronic anesthesia record,” says Albert Woo, MD, President at Plexus Technology Group. “We support Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s commitment to excellence by incorporating innovative technology in their healthcare facility.”
About Canton-Potsdam Hospital
Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) is a not-for-profit community healthcare facility certified for 94 beds. Its core programs in emergency medicine, acute care, hospitalist medicine and critical care are supplemented by outpatient health centers in Brasher Falls, Canton, Colton, Massena, Norfolk, Norwood and Potsdam, NY, and by specialist care in over 25 different specialties, including a robust orthopedic surgery and sports medicine program and the Center for Cancer Care. As an affiliate with Gouverneur Hospital in Gouverneur, NY, CPH operates within the St. Lawrence Health System, a parent corporation formed to give structure and coherence to the coordination of care in Northern New York. For more information, visit www.cphospital.org.
About Plexus Technology Group, LLC
Plexus Technology Group, a subsidiary of MiraMed Global Services, is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems. Anesthesia Touch, available on the iPad and Windows touchscreen, is a full-featured AIMS that supports concurrent charting and streaming physiologic data. It is easy to use, improves processes, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for meaningful use. Pharmacy Touch, a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors, and delivers narcotic tracking, charge capture, and decision support at the point of care.
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