RES-Q® Advances Paperless Documentation for Surgery Management

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Three software enhancements to RES-Q® Perioperative Resource Management advance the efficiency, accuracy and security of surgical case documentation.

RES-Q® Healthcare Systems, developer of staffing, scheduling and surgery software for hospitals, announced the release of three integrated enhancements to its RES-Q® Perioperative Resource Management System: electronic signatures, field-level audit trails and interfacing to electronic patient records. These new features support paperless case documentation for hospital surgical departments.

RES-Q Perioperative Resource Management provides the tools to create surgery schedules that prevent staffing and equipment conflicts in order to save time and boost productivity. The system also supports end-to-end documentation that is essential for measurement of performance against JCAHO standards and continuous operational improvement. “Our three new enhancements help hospitals secure the added advantages of paperless documentation,” said Michael Meisel, president and chief executive officer, RES-Q Healthcare Systems.

With electronic signatures on both the individual field and case levels, providers digitally sign off on their documentation of the services they perform during the care of surgical patients. Once an electronic signature is applied, the data cannot be changed by anyone other than the provider who electronically signed the record. If a provider goes back to amend or correct any item in their documentation, the new audit trail functionality saves the previous value of the data in any field that is changed, displays the new value, verifies and annotates the identity of the user who made the change, and adds a date and time stamp.

Through an HL7 interface, data from the RES-Q surgical case record is sent directly to the hospital’s electronic data repository. This eliminates the necessity of scanning the paper case record and attaching it to the patient account. Users have the flexibility to create customized templates that define exactly what data from the case record is sent to the electronic files. Thus, all authorized users get immediate access to just the right data.

“We have used RES-Q Perioperative Resource Management since 1990. The software enables us to intelligently manage resources so that we minimize scheduling conflicts and reduce delays, and the RES-Q data is a strategic asset for improving productivity,” said Beverly Paul, OR systems coordinator, Elkhart General Healthcare System, Elkhart, Ind. “We are implementing the system’s three new enhancements in order to take advantage of the efficiency, accuracy and security of paperless documentation of our surgical cases.”

About RES-Q® Healthcare Systems

Since 1979, RES-Q® Healthcare Systems (Calabasas, Calif.) has pursued one mission: advancing resource management and scheduling software for hospitals. RES-Q® Labor Resource Management produces clinically sound, skill-matched, financially optimized, and productive staffing in schedules that account for staff preferences. RES-Q® Perioperative Resource Management reviews and verifies surgeon needs and preferences, personnel and equipment requirements, supply lists and inventory, and operating room availability and then establishes surgery schedules that minimize conflicts and maximize productivity. RES-Q’s management team, with an average of 15 years with the company and decades of front-line experience in hospital administration, helps hospitals set their schedules for today and set course for success tomorrow. For more information, call (800) 572-1911 call or visit http://www.res-q.com.

Note to Editors: The online press kit for RES-Q Healthcare Systems is available at http://www.res-q.com/index_news.htm. RES-Q will demonstrate its software at the Nursing Management Congress at the Downtown Marriott, Philadelphia, Penn., October 15-17, 2006.

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