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ATLANTA, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey highlights the need for Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) with a full 91 percent of respondents indicating that access to day-of-surgery data is Extremely Important or Important to optimally manage their anesthesia department.  More than half of the survey respondents are responsible or partially responsible for the management of the OR.  The independent survey of 277 anesthesiologists was sponsored by Surgical Information Systems (SIS) of Alpharetta, GA.  

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"This survey highlights the need for and benefits of moving to an accessible, legible and consistent automated anesthesia record," said Ed Daihl, CEO of Surgical Information Systems.  

An increased need for access to data and analytics tools, combined with the growth of anesthesia services, is fueling the need to automate one of the last paper-based areas of the hospital.  The demand for anesthesia services is growing with anesthesiologists reporting the top areas of growth as Endoscopies, Surgical Procedures and Pain Clinics.  The growing anesthesia services volume outside of the Operating Room (OR) increases the pressure on anesthesiologists to stay connected and fully 76 percent of survey respondents indicated that having mobile access to up-to-the-minute anesthesia data would be Very Beneficial or Beneficial to them. The most significant benefits cited by survey respondents, included improved communications regarding cases and scheduling, time saved by not being tied to a workstation, improved monitoring of multiple cases and patients and easy access to drug information and guidelines.

When asked to list the top anesthesia practice challenges facing the industry, anesthesiologists reported:

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