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Harborview Medical Center implements Docusys anaesthesia medication safety solution

DocuSys : 13 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, USA, has gone live with DocuSys' anaesthesia solutions, which automates the documentation of anaesthesia care and enhances the medication management processes in their perioperative (surgical) environment.
Harborview Medical Center is the only Level I adult and paediatric trauma centre serving a four-state region.

In support of its designation as a ‘Patient Safety Mentor Hospital’ for other hospitals in the state of Washington, Harborview Medical Center chose to implement DocuSys' advanced medication safety solution including DocuJect, a point-of-care intravenous drug monitoring device, in addition to its AIMS application.

DocuJect utilises digital imaging and bar code scanning to proactively alert the clinician to potential adverse drug reactions. DocuSys' medication safety solutions are focused on enabling healthcare organizations to implement the recommendations outlined in last year's US Pharmacopeia Medmarx Data Report to reduce perioperative medication error rates.

'We are committed to delivering the safest, most comprehensive anaesthesia care to each of our patients, and the addition of the DocuSys solutions enables Harborview Medical Center to more effectively meet this objective,' said Dr Michael Souter, associate professor of Anaesthesiology, Neurocritical Care, at Harborview Medical Center and anesthesiology project lead. 'Having DocuSys share the anaesthesiology record electronically with our electronic Medical record system enables Harborview Medical Center to ensure continuity of care.'

The ability to share clinical information among clinical system vendors has become a more important requirement over the past few years as healthcare organizations have made decisions to select a best-of-breed solution for key areas like anaesthesiology. For Harborview Medical Center, the ability to integrate with their electronic Medical record system was a key criterion in selecting DocuSys.

According to DocuSys executive vice president and chief operating officer, Joseph E Heins, Pharm D, the company has the broadest experience of any anaesthesia information system vendor in providing this information in both a comprehensive anaesthesia record format and as discrete data for key elements of the record.

'Harborview Medical Center is well known within Washington, as well as nationally, for delivering the best possible care to its patients,' Heins said. 'As the first client live on the latest release of our market-leading solutions, Harborview Medical Center worked closely with DocuSys to ensure the system was carefully configured to meet their advanced requirements. We are proud that Harborview Medical Center recognised the benefits of the DocuSys anaesthesia solutions to enable them to augment their high standard of care.'
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