Health IT May Improve Compliance to SCIP Quality MeasureAn anesthesia information management system and clear medical team assignment may improve clinicians' compliance to a SCIP quality measure concerning perioperative beta-blockers, according to a study published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
The SCIP quality measure in question is SCIPCard-2: Continuation of perioperative beta-blockers for surgical patients who are receiving beta-blockers prior to arrival for surgery. The key to success is proper documentation. For the study, researchers assigned the anesthesia care team to document perioperative beta-blockade through an anesthesia information management system. In addition, electronic alerts were set up to notify clinicians of incomplete documentation in real-time.
Compliance for perioperative beta-blocker documentation improved from approximately 65 percent to 60.5±8.6 percent post AIMS implementation and 94.6±3.5 percent post electronic alert implementation.
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