Anesthesia Informatics / Edition 1

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Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) have been in existence for several decades, but their use in clinical practice has been very limited until recently. When initially developed, AIMS were primarily focused on replacing paper records with an electronic form. In parallel, the healthcare industry has recognized that electronic medical records are a key element of improving patient safety and reducing error, with many insurers actively encouraging implementation of electronic medical records. Therefore, interest in adopting AIMS technology is growing within the anesthesia community and this book represents a comprehensive handbook in setting up such a system.

Anesthesia Informatics uses a case-based approach to review the subject in a practical manner and is written with the practicing physician in mind. Therefore, it will help anesthesiologists, anesthesia departments, and hospitals in purchasing the ideal technology for their unique situations and help them to utilize it for the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and health-system efficiency.

The goal of the Editors was to make Anesthesia Informatics readable by a clinician with a problem to solve. Each of the international panel of contributors is an expert on their topic within the book, ensuring highly detailed, academically rigorous chapters. Each contributor is active in using the clinical systems discussed in this book, giving them real-world experience as well as expertise in the theoretical aspects of medical informatics.

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Reviewer: Mohammed M Minhaj, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive review of the technological advances in medical informatics emphasizes the integration of these advances into the clinical practice of anesthesiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe medical informatics and its impact on the practice of anesthesia. Given the increasing role medical informatics is playing in clinical practice, this is a worthwhile objective.
Audience: Practicing anesthesiologists who have questions about medical informatics and will be incorporating it into their clinical practice are the intended audience. While residents and medical students also may benefit from it, the book will be most useful to those who are in practice and, in the words of the authors, have a "problem to solve." The editors and authors of the individual chapters all have experience in the area of medical informatics and do a good job of sharing their expertise.
Features: The book reviews all aspects of anesthesia informatics, the role it currently plays in operating rooms, and, of course, what role it will play going forward. Of particular interest are chapters addressing potential improvement in patient safety through use of an automated system in the operating room, particularly in the area of reduction of medication errors. While the book is well written, the addition of more color illustrations/pictures would make it easier to read. However, this is a minor point given the wealth of information the book contains.
Assessment: This is certainly an evolving area of study in medicine and anesthesia, and this book is a worthy contribution to the field. As technologies continue to change rapidly and implementation of these into clinical practice becomes near mandatory, sources such as this are vital.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387764177
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/16/2008
  • Series: Health Informatics Series
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The Anesthesia Information Management System.- Rationale for Purchasing an AIMS.- The Vendor–Customer Relationship.- Request for Information/Request for Proposals.- Implementation of an AIMS.- Ensuring Usability through Human Factors Engineering.- Data Standards.- Device Interfaces.- Architecture.- Preoperative Systems.- Intraoperative Charting Requirements.- Medication Management.- Legal Aspects of AIMS.- Case Study: Implementation of an AIMS at an Academic Medical Center.- Automated Charge Capture.- Decision Support.- Perioperative Process Improvement.- Components of an ORMS.- Operating Room Management System.- Integration of ORMS and AIMS.- Operating Room Scheduling and Capacity Planning.- Mobile Computing, Education, and Simulation.- Information Technology in Anesthesia Education.- Handheld Devices.- Wireless Technologies.- Security of Health Information.- Simulation-Based Learning as an Educational Tool.- Future Implications of Simulation in Anesthesia.

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