ATLANTA, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Information Systems ('SIS'), a leader in perioperative information systems, announced today that South Jersey Healthcare (SJH), a two-hospital health system headquartered in Bridgeton, NJ, selected Perioperative Management by SIS for organizations using Soarian® Clinicals from Siemens Healthcare. The solution replaces a legacy scheduling system. SJH was seeking a fully automated electronic perioperative record that would be interoperable with Soarian Clinicals to help make patient information easily accessible where needed throughout the facility.
"Adding Perioperative Management by SIS to our portfolio will allow us to expand our electronic data exchange capabilities – and help us deliver the right information to perioperative caregivers in the right place and at the right time," said Thomas Pacek, Chief Information Officer at SJH. "We look forward to this opportunity to expand our successful relationship with Siemens and work with SIS to connect all perioperative services into Soarian for a single enterprise system."
Interoperability between Soarian and SIS was critically important to clinicians at SJH. Single sign-on, and patient and application context sharing, help enable clinicians to access information and document care without duplicating efforts. For example, a pre-op nurse can document the patient's assessment and verify and administer medications for that patient directly within the perioperative management system. Administered medications are then documented in both the perioperative and enterprise patient records.
Perioperative Management by SIS will support SJH's goal to create a single enterprise patient record with patient information that is easily accessible in both the OR documentation system and enterprise electronic health record (EHR). The solution includes modules for:
- Surgical scheduling, including preadmission testing, to help reduce day-of-surgery delays and cancellations;
- Nursing documentation and anesthesia information management system (AIMS) designed to streamline clinical workflows;
- Rules-based charging to accurately capture and bill charges;
- Role-based analytics to assist in better understanding and managing surgical operations, including quality reporting; and,
- Integrated tissue tracking to help standardize processes, accurately track tissues, reduce waste, and manage tissue inventory.
"Establishing integrated information for surgical patients was our primary goal," said Carol Dechen, Director of Surgical Services at SJH. "Perioperative Management by SIS gives us a seamless transition of information from Pre-Admission Testing through Intra-op – including Anesthesia and into PACU – until the patient is discharged or sent to the floor for continued post-operative care."
The strong analytics capabilities of the perioperative management solution also played a role in the decision, Dechen noted. "As the administrative director, the analytics dashboards will provide me with greater insight into the day-to-day operations and help me see how my ORs are really running. Because the analytics tools are very dynamic, they will help me make sound business decisions based on the latest information."
SJH is the most recent of several Soarian Clinicals customers to select Perioperative Management by SIS. "The recent selection made by SJH is an example of the benefit of streamlined channel activities between Siemens and SIS," said Ed Daihl, Chief Executive Officer at SIS. "We are seeing tremendous interest within the Soarian client base, because of the tangible value that is a result of enhancing the capabilities of an enterprise EHR with the features of an integrated perioperative IT solution."
About South Jersey Healthcare
South Jersey Healthcare is a charitable nonprofit health care organization that has served the citizens of southern New Jersey for more than 18 years, but traces its roots to 1898 when the original Bridgeton Hospital was founded. As it has grown during the last two decades, SJH has become one of the region's premier health care systems with more than 3,500 employees and a Medical Staff of more than 600 physicians. It includes the SJH Regional Medical Center, a 262-bed facility in Vineland; SJH Elmer Hospital, a 96-bed hospital in Elmer; the SJH Bridgeton Health Center that houses 65 mental health and inpatient hospice beds as well as several outpatient services; and numerous outpatient sites throughout Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Atlantic counties. SJH recently merged with Underwood-Memorial Hospital, a 305-bed hospital in Woodbury, New Jersey.
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 rules-based charging and analytics tools 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 our website, www.SISFirst.com. SIS Anesthesia was notably rated #1 in the recently released anesthesia specialty report by KLAS and awarded the Category Leader Designation in the 2012 Best In KLAS Awards.
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