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Bristol HospitalJackson, Mich.,—Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a fully KLAS-rated, market-leading, best-of-breed provider of anesthesia information management systems (AIMS), announces today their partnership with EmCare Anesthesia Services and the successful installation of Anesthesia Touch™ at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. Bristol Hospital, the first MEDITECH 6.x hospital to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 and recognized again in 2016 as an American Hospital Association Most Wired hospital, is the first EmCare-affiliated hospital to implement Plexus TG’s electronic anesthesia documentation solution.

Achieving seamless connectivity between the anesthesia department and Bristol Hospital’s MEDITECH 6.x EMR was a key goal for the project. “When EmCare selected the Plexus solution, my department eagerly volunteered to be first in line and to help build the foundation for digital charting across EmCare Anesthesia Services. Now that we’re using Anesthesia Touch, the information we need is right at our fingertips,” said Glen Rosenfeld MD, department of anesthesiology chairman at Bristol Hospital.

The Plexus TG Anesthesia Touch solution provides the clinicians at Bristol Hospital with the best full-featured AIMS, configured on the iPad to perfectly complement their on-the-go anesthesia workflow.  Integration goes far beyond the basics of patient identity and scheduled procedure to include clinical information to optimize patient care. Surgical patients at Bristol, like those at most US hospitals, are contacted by nursing staff to ensure proper pre-surgical preparation. On the day of surgery, this pre-op nursing data populates the anesthesia assessment. 

“Data integration into the anesthesia assessment is especially valuable for clinically complex patients. It’s powered by the Continuity of Care Document, or CCD, integration standard,” explains Tony Mira, CEO of Plexus Technology Group. “We are pleased that together we can deliver the time and cost savings promised by the EHR meaningful use certification program over the last several years.”

By integrating Anesthesia Touch with other systems in Bristol Hospital, they are able to streamline clinical documentation, while ensuring reliable collection of quality measures and billing data. The monitor connectivity and EHR interfacing provides the anesthesia clinicians with scheduling data, preoperative clinical documentation, patient demographics and physiologic data, giving providers the information they need when they need it. Completed records are delivered digitally to the medical records repository.

“Bristol Hospital, with its commitment to outstanding patient care combined with excellence in electronic records, was an easy choice to begin our partnership with Plexus Technology Group. The improvements we’ve seen in clinical data capture and billing efficiency support EmCare’s goal of providing high quality, cost-effective anesthesia services,” said Linda Caccamo, senior vice president, EmCare Anesthesia Services, North Division.

“We are pleased EmCare Anesthesia Services recognizes the benefits of our system to improve the quality of care and chose to incorporate our anesthesia software at Bristol Hospital. We look forward to our continued partnership with EmCare Anesthesia Services to further automate the anesthesia documentation process at their other healthcare facilities,” said Joe Gentile, senior vice president of sales at Plexus Technology Group.

EmCare Anesthesia ServicesAbout EmCare
EmCare is a leading national provider of clinical department outsourcing services, including physician recruiting, credentialing, scheduling, leadership, training and education and billing for hundreds of hospitals nationwide. Service lines include emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesiology and radiology/teleradiology departments. EmCare clinicians participate in more than 14 million patient encounters annually. The company focuses on helping each client with efficiency, quality of care and creating outstanding patient experience. In short, EmCare is “Making Healthcare Work Better.”™ Learn more about EmCare at www.emcare.com.

About Bristol Hospital
Founded in 1921, Bristol Hospital is the leading health provider for people who live and work in the greater Bristol area. Proud of its achievements in service excellence, Bristol Hospital has earned national recognition for its commitment to providing outstanding patient care. Bristol Hospital has 154 licensed beds and offers a complete range of patient services including a first-rate emergency center that cares for more than 40,000 patients each year.  For more information, visit www.bristolhospital.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™ is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iOS platforms 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, automates controlled substance reconciliation, eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors and delivers charge capture and decision support at the point of care. 

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