CSC and AORN Collaborate With Surgical Information Systems to Offer Standardized Electronic Health Documentation Framework for Perioperative Care
News Release -- March 02, 2010
FALLS CHURCH, Va., and ATLANTA, Ga., March 2 – Helping to streamline electronic documentation processes for perioperative care, CSC (NYSE: CSC) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) announced today that Surgical Information Systems (SIS), the perioperative IT specialist, will offer the AORN SYNTEGRITY™ Standardized Perioperative Framework (SPF) within its nationally recognized suite of perioperative management solutions. Developed by CSC and AORN, SYNTEGRITY™, in conjunction with SIS solutions, provides the content and functionality necessary to maintain regulatory and AORN best practice compliance. Through the use of a standardized framework with PNDS (Perioperative Nursing Data Set), hospitals will be able to participate in nationalized benchmarking offered through AORN.
AORN SYNTEGRITY™ guidelines ensure that documentation is aligned with AORN recommendations. Incorporating these guidelines into the SIS clinical solution reduces or eliminates the need for hospitals to create custom processes. “SIS extends the opportunity to use the gold standard of benchmarking by offering the AORN SYNTEGRITY™ framework as part of its market leading solution,” said Deward Watts, president of CSC’s Healthcare Group. “Combining AORN SYNTEGRITY™ framework with SIS solutions arms hospitals with an added means to create efficiencies and find enhancements in the perioperative setting.”
SYNTEGRITY™ helps solution providers like SIS streamline the capture of critical patient data for perioperative care in hospitals, outpatient facilities and ambulatory surgery centers. The framework enables health practitioners to quickly identify and document patient care elements across the continuum of perioperative care, including preadmission, preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases. AORN SYNTEGRITY™ also includes data fields necessary for reporting relevant operational, quality and regulatory information.
“SIS and the AORN SYNTEGRITY™ framework enable a higher level of quality care that can go beyond meeting federal requirements and provide a path to improved outcomes and accurate reporting, no matter what future regulations may mandate. We are delighted to see that SIS, already recognized by AHA and HFMA, has decided to offer AORN SYNTEGRITY™ to its clients and prospects as part if its solution,” said AORN executive director Linda Groah, RN, MSN, CNOR, FAAN.
AORN SYNTEGRITY™ incorporates AORN’s standardized nursing vocabulary, the Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS), and aligns with clinical standards, accreditation specifications and regulatory requirements to promote ongoing compliance and consistent patient care. Data derived from AORN SYNTEGRITY™ documentation can be used to support benchmarking activities and will enable perioperative care practitioners to measure outcomes and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of care.
“As the only specialty healthcare IT provider with integrated surgery and anesthesia offerings, SIS is committed to excellence in the perioperative space,” said Ed Daihl, SIS CEO. “Incorporating the AORN SYNTEGRITY™ Standardized Perioperative Framework into the SIS Solution enables the opportunity to leverage AORN’s data benchmarking. This kind of comparative data review can help every perioperative department to continue to improve the focus on patient quality.”
Hospitals can obtain more information at the HIMSS10 (http://www.himssconference.org/) conference in Atlanta, Ga., March 1 – 4 and AORN Congress (www.aorncongress.org) taking place March 13 through 18 in Denver, Colo. Details on AORN SYNTEGRITY™ are also available at www.aornSyntegrity.org.
CSC’s Global Healthcare Group serves healthcare providers, health plans, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and allied industries around the world. We are a global leader in transforming the healthcare industry through the effective use of information to improve healthcare outcomes, decision-making and operating efficiency. AORN SYNTEGRITY™ is an integral part of CSC’s portfolio of solutions designed to transform healthcare through better information. With access to better information, healthcare professionals can make better decisions, improving patient care and helping save lives and money.
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC's advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.0 billion for the 12 months ended Jan. 1, 2010. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.csc.com.
AORN, Inc., the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, represents over 41,000 Registered Nurses in the U.S. and abroad who facilitate the management, teaching and practice of perioperative nursing, or who are enrolled in nursing education or engaged in perioperative research. Its members also include perioperative nurses who work in related business and industry sectors. AORN's mission is to support RNs in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN promotes quality patient care by providing its members with education, standards, services and representation. www.aorn.org
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 endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA), and a rules-based charging system that has been granted Peer Reviewed status by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). For more information visit our website, www.SISFirst.com.