Case Study: Implementation of an AIMS at an Academic Medical Center
The first AIMS installation at The Mount Sinai Medical Center (MSMC) occurred in January 1991 in a cardiothoracic and liver transplantation suite of six ORs. Currently, the Department of Anesthesiology at MSMC provides anesthesia care in approximately 50 ORs, 16 labor and delivery rooms, and 10 non-OR procedural areas. This growth occurred in various phases to encompass a system that uses a core AIMS vendor solution that is supplemented by various add-on applications and interfaces that were developed by departmental and institutional IT specialists. The ways in which the AIMS and the related and integrated systems have developed at MSMC are described in this chapter, including billing, physician compensation, scheduling, patient-tracking, research, and quality-improvement functions. As an academic medical center that was an early adopter of this technology and that has devoted informatics resources to enhance the core AIMS product, the successes and challenges of the department are unique, but the goal of this chapter is to illustrate principles that may be of value to others in perioperative enterprises of varying levels of complexity.
KeywordsAnesthesia Care Anesthesia Machine Anesthesia Record Anesthesia Provider Anesthesia Information Management System
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