CSC and AORN Bring Standardized Electronic Health Framework to Perioperative Nursing Care
Syntegrity is First Step Toward Comprehensive Solution
FALLS CHURCH, Va., and CHICAGO.- CSC (NYSE: CSC) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) today announced the launch of the AORN Syntegrity Standardized Perioperative Framework, software content for perioperative care nurses that integrates into electronic health record (EHR) systems and nursing documentation systems. This is the first in a series of AORN offerings designed to improve patient outcomes and enhance operational performance.
Developed by CSC and AORN, Syntegrity includes perioperative standards of care and predefined tables and fields that can be incorporated into existing EHR systems. CSC will provide marketing, sales, distribution and ongoing technology support services.
“Electronic health records have rightly come to the forefront of national policy discussions because they have proven to dramatically improve health delivery and patient care,” said David Hampshire, senior partner and managing director of Health Delivery for CSC’s Global Healthcare Sector. “This new solution provides a template for how EHRs can become ubiquitous in not only surgical departments, but across the healthcare continuum.”
The framework, which allows nurses to capture and identify critical patient care elements throughout all phases of perioperative care, is compatible with any commercially available or internally developed EHR and nursing documentation system. It meets all current interoperability and data standards set by the American National Standards Institute Health Level 7. With this solution, hospitals can save 80 percent of the clinical staff time needed to configure and support EHR perioperative content.
“In our aim to get Syntegrity in as many hospitals as possible, interoperability is crucial,” said AORN Executive Director Linda Groah, RN, MSN, CNOR, FAAN. “CSC’s experience with EHR selection and implementation combined well with our access to the concerns of perioperative nurses in developing useful standardized data for their nursing staff.”
As the framework gains widespread acceptance, AORN and CSC will begin developing a national data repository. This repository will support benchmarking activities across settings and institutions and will enable perioperative care practitioners to measure outcomes and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of care. An accreditation system will follow.
Details will be released at the annual AORN Congress (www.aorn.org/Congress) conference taking place now through March 19 at McCormick Place West in Chicago. Hospitals can obtain more information at www.aornSyntegrity.org.
CSC’s Global Healthcare Sector, which serves healthcare providers, health plans, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and allied industries around the world, is a global leader in transforming the healthcare industry through the effective use of information to improve healthcare outcomes, decision-making and operating efficiency.
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