There are several things that set anesthesiologists apart from other medical specialties: First, the practice is extremely sensitive to very subtle elements such as timing, body weight, metabolism and drug interactivity. Second, anesthesiologists’ primary interactions are not with patients but with physicians, nurses and other medical professionals.
Therefore, anesthesiology-specific medical software focuses less on the doctor-patient workflow than on dosage administration functionality. Anesthesiologists must make quick decisions based on many different data inputs and constantly changing variables. A specialty electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) captures data automatically from the monitoring devices, so the anesthesiologist doesn’t have to constantly make physical notes.
Features of an anesthesiology electronic medical record program might include:
|Anesthesiology templates||Anesthesiology-specific workflow templates reduce errors by automatically populating patient data and supporting treatment. Sample templates include cardiac, obstetrics, pediatrics and more.|
|Medical monitoring device integration||Capture physiologic data—including ECG, oxygen saturation, heart rate, blood pressure, end-tidal CO2, temperature and respiration—from anesthesia machine to ensure appropriate levels of anesthetization. This data is then automatically stored and attached to the patient record.|
|Interaction with other medical software||By automatically importing and exporting data from nurse’s or surgeon’s EMR software, you can drastically cut the time required for documentation. Particularly in a hospital setting, therefore, it’s crucial that your EMR is compatible with the other software programs being used.|
|Side effects alert||When preoperatively creating your anesthesia plan, the software should alert the physician(s) to any potential harmful drug interactions or allergies that may have been overlooked.|
|Timer||Built-in time calculators facilitate monitoring of drug levels and re-administration as necessary.|
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