HealthSouth adds Surgical Information Systems to short list of partners designing the digital hospital

Atlanta 07 May 2002HealthSouth Corporation of Birmingham, Alabama, has contracted to deploy the entire Surgical Information Systems suite of peri-operative software to manage the surgery department of its groundbreaking digital hospital. The health care giant will begin installing the software in the 23 operating rooms at the existing HealthSouth Medical Center in Birmingham, and will then include it into the 219-bed digital facility which will replace the current hospital, which is expected to be complete by early 2004.


HealthSouth's goal in designing the digital hospital is to improve patient care by bringing together the latest technological advancements to further the quality of health care. By using the latest in communication and medical device technology, the hospital expects to cut costs, reduce and streamline paperwork, and minimise medical errors.

The new hospital is expected to feature patient beds with display screens connected to the Internet, electronic medical records storage, digital imaging instead of X-ray films, and a wireless communications network permitting doctors to securely update and access patient information from anywhere in the hospital.

"When we decided to launch the world's first digital hospital, we knew that we had to partner with vendors who share our vision of improving health care through the use of cutting-edge technology", said Chuck Stark, HealthSouth group vice president. "Surgical Information Systems proved to be the optimum solution for our objectives in the surgery department. The company's integration of Web-based technology, strong clinical expertise, and willingness to push the envelope in technology development clearly made them stand out among the competition."

The Surgical Information Systems software will allow HealthSouth instant access to critical patient information, making it possible to calculate accurate surgery costs and increasing time devoted to patient care by reducing administrative tasks.

Richard L. Jackson, president and CEO of Surgical Information Systems, considers this partnership one of the company's greatest achievements yet. "Being selected to work on such a revolutionary project is a validation of our many years of investment in technology and innovation", stated Mr. Jackson. "The partnership with HealthSouth allows us to continue in fulfilling our mission of enhancing the quality, organisation and delivery of surgery through information technology."

Surgical Information Systems provides the only peri-operative system which provides clinicians and administrators all the clinical and financial data relative to every surgical case. The Microsoft Windows- or Unix-based operating system has an open architecture that is tied into an Oracle database.

The system includes modules for case and staff scheduling, materials management, rules-based charging, pre-admission testing (PAT), pre-op, intra-op, anaesthesia and post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) documentation, and Surgeon's Notes enabling health care professionals to provide the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost. Surgical Information Systems makes it possible for health care facilities to operate more profitably, quantify performance and focus on patient care rather than data collection.

HealthSouth is a major provider of health care services, with approximately 1900 facilities in all 50 states of the U.S. and abroad. Additional news on the new digital hospital is available in the VMW April 2001 article Strategic partnership between HealthSouth and Oracle will make digital hospital come true by 2003.

Leslie Versweyveld

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