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Dr Steven Haen

Pershore, UK

#42 May 4, 2011
If you would like to email me on catheve@btinternet.com I have been using an Australian system and it is superb. We have also had these people build us a pre operative system and a pain management system

Steven
Data_Integration wrote:
As a technical consultant to the implementation of anesthesia data integration solutions, I can vouch for the above comment that iMDSoft is a toy product. For nontechnical users, all they see is the front end, which is advertised as very customizatble. True. However, from a technical perspective, it is a data disaster. This is because it is written in Visual Basic (as this suggests, this is a primitive language whose origin is over 30 years old, and prevents modern coding and maintenance methods; it also suggests the less than sophisticated level of programming expertise of the company). Each anesthesia data record is fragmented into over 200 files, making it IMPOSSIBLE to extract any data or integrate the data with any other information system. The data is also in no standard (HL7 or XML) form, again, making it impossible to integrate to our hospital systems. Our interactions with the engineers at iMDSoft has been thus far less than satisfactory, with information requests for specifications and technical details denied or given evasive answers. With this lack of trust, it bodes poorly for any kind of long term relationship with the company. The company itsself is heavy on management and marketing, and very sparse on techical substance in our dealings. An implementation requires a serious investment and full time support staff to get it off the ground. The implementation at their model installation (on their website) took a FULL YEAR to install and get working, and reqired a CRNA to work half time during this time on 'customization'. Actually, this is something that the company needed to provide out of the box, rather than having the customer continue to pay for features and addons by supplying their own personnnel to do this work. In summary, do your due diligence, get under the hood to the specifications and data file formats, and do not rely on the marketing brochures and websites. You MUST get under the hood and understand how these software works, or you are asking for a data disaster.
EM CRNA

Houston, TX

#43 Jul 6, 2011
We have been using Compu-record as our anesthetic record for several years. It is easy to use and learn, which is a plus in a teaching hospital. Last year our hospital implemented the EPIC electronic medical record system which leaves alot to be desired. We are getting ready to switch our anesthetic record from compu-record to EPIC Optime and have begun an evaluation process. Is anyone using the EPIC anesthesia record? If so any comments or advice would be appreciated. How about the whole Optime Operating room management system? Thank you
Ken

Jackson, MS

#44 Aug 17, 2011
CPytlik wrote:
I am a CRNA currently writing a textbook for Legal Nurse Consultants about anesthesia records and how to review them. I would love to hear comments on electronic anesthesia record systems that they are really pleased with.
I am a CRNA involved in the Clinical App. Support for Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia..GE has some very Anesthesia-friendly design concepts..we are moving to Epic campus - wide adn will be replacing CPA. Interesting contrast....feel free to contact me: KRCRNAMS@aol.com
Ken

Jackson, MS

#45 Aug 17, 2011
Anesthesia Record wrote:
I am looking for information for colleagues who may be using, looking for, or interested in electronic anesthesia records. I have been casually interested in teh past but now feel that we should begin to really pursue one of these things. I have talked wth one company, iMDsoft, but know little in general from anesthesia professionals about preferences. I look forward to your advise
Anesthesia is a very unique..and the way systems handle that design greatly affects End User happiness! GE has done quite well with Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia...so do include them in your search. It's a BIG implementation project---plan well...do the homework UP FRONT!! I have a lot of experience with GE's CPA; getting some with Epic...but investigate as many as possible. Thx, Ken KRCRNAMS@aol.com
Numb md

Morristown, NJ

#46 Sep 19, 2011
We are going live with Merge this month. So far implementation has been going quite well. We are very happy with the product in all of its testing, and support with the company. Their data can be exported into HL-7 format which is going straight into our billing software.
Paul Campbell

Auckland, New Zealand

#47 Jan 9, 2012
You guys should have a look at the Safer Sleep system. They have had a inter-op system that has been developed for over ten years based on academic research, actually I think there was just a paper published in the British Medical Journal about it.
Anyway check it out you can find some more details about it at www.safersleep.com
James Graham

Auckland, New Zealand

#48 Apr 10, 2012
Does anyone know what percent of the market each company has?

I also wonder about how we can input information - especially about drugs and gas. What are the differences or do all companies use keyboard/mouse and barcode? Advantages/disadvantages?
OLD CRNA

Nashville, TN

#49 Jul 2, 2012
I have been utilizing an AIMS system for quite a while now. I understand the challenge and the goals of getting a product that does not impede your Product(your anesthesia care).
Look carefully many of the products metioned have done anesthesia records as an afterthought to a larger EMR product.
Check out the smaller more pratice specific vendors: Shareable Ink is one that comes to mind. a Great idea and a company that is listening to customers to get a usable product in the clinical area.
Dennis Gundersen

Silverton, OR

#50 Jul 2, 2012
Although shareable ink may offer a bridge to electronic records, from a providers perspective it doesn't seem to improve workflow or efficiencies. It basically captures what you write down on a paper record. Electronic records should capture vital signs, one of the more tedious parts of keeping a record, be intuitive and offer additional value like built in drug libraries/ references. It was a nice idea a few years back, but we must expect more from technology other than copying our records electronically.
Bwhaler

Plainfield, NJ

#51 Aug 1, 2013
Pls check out Klas research for the most recent ratings of aims systems. Some pretty dramatic ratings for plexusis.com .

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