PIH Expands Surgery Solution, Improves Operational Efficiencies

Surgical Information Systems (SIS), a leader in perioperative information systems, has announced that Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) has added the company’s anesthesia information management system (AIMS) to its Sunrise Surgery powered by SIS solution from Allscripts. By adding AIMS, PIH will move to a completely electronic perioperative record that streamlines workflow and information access throughout the hospital. A nonprofit healthcare institution, PIH serves residents in Los Angeles County, Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley.

Growing patient volumes and reduced reimbursements are putting increased pressures on hospitals – compelling them to look for new ways to optimize their operations. PIH looked to their perioperative department, the financial engine of the hospital, as an opportunity to drive efficiency by moving from paper-based anesthesia records to electronic documentation. This effort will aid in driving clinical productivity in their anesthesia space and reducing costs while maintaining quality care.

“Improving efficiency is always top of mind, especially with today’s healthcare challenges,” said PIH chief medical information officer Davis Lee, MD. “SIS’ workflow-driven documentation will help anesthesia providers maximize caregiver time with patients.”

The SIS AIMS solution works seamlessly with the hospital’s Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager health information system and current Sunrise Surgery solution to facilitate the flow of patient information throughout the perioperative continuum.

“We have been automated in surgery documentation for some time and adding the anesthesia component completes our capabilities to create a fully electronic perioperative record,” said PIH Chief Information Officer Brian Smolskis. “Creating a comprehensive perioperative record that also makes key perioperative data available to the enterprise supports our efforts to provide quality, safe and efficient patient care.”

“Today, hospitals recognize that anesthesia documentation automation is an essential component of a comprehensive perioperative information solution,” said Ed Daihl, SIS chief executive officer. “We are excited for PIH to experience the benefits of electronic anesthesia documentation that will support their quality improvement and cost control efforts.”

About Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) and Bright Health Physicians of PIH
As an Integrated Delivery System (IDS), Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) and Bright Health Physicians of PIH provide a range of healthcare services to better serve its community. The IDS offers quality healthcare across multiple service lines, including utilization of primary care teams to provide general medicine and preventative care; access to emergency and urgent care, home health services and hospice; a network of over 180 specialists via Bright Health Physicians of PIH; and more. PIH is a 400- plus bed acute care, nonprofit hospital that was founded in 1959 and today serves nearly 1.5 million residents in Los Angeles, the greater San Gabriel Valley and Orange County areas. Bright Health Physicians is a medical group that is exclusively affiliated with PIH. It is comprised of a nonprofit medical foundation and a large independent physician association (IPA), related to PIH, which has over 130 primary care and 160 specialty care physicians. The medical foundation includes 17 medical office locations.

About SIS

Surgical Information Systems (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 and the only anesthesia information management system endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA), and analytics and rules-based charging products that have been granted Peer Reviewed status by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). SIS is also the first AIMS provider to be designated as an AQI Preferred Vendor by the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI). For more information, visit www.SISFirst.com.