Interoperability in the Perioperative Suite: Promise and Realty

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 17, 2016

In recent years, hospitals have made great strides in the adoption of electronic health records (EHR). As of 2014, 76% of hospitals in the United States were employing an EHR system to manage clinical information (American Hospital Association, 2015). The perioperative staff is now looking for improvements to their workflow and work environment from these electronic systems, seeking patient-safety focused integration of information carefully selected from the growing flood of electronic data. This article will explore the perioperative environment and look at some of the challenges to integrating with electronic systems and devices, extracting data that is relevant to clinical staff, and providing access to crucial data at each perioperative phase.

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