January 31, 2017

It’s an exciting time to practice anesthesia. Sure, change is everywhere and the pressures are high across the entire continuum of care. However, anesthesia is uniquely positioned to lead through this change with the use of data-driven quality improvement and information technology.

In the last year, 40+ papers featuring improved patient outcomes and physician practice have been published by the American Society of Anesthesiologists using NACOR (National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry) data. An example: More Americans Undergo Procedures Involving Anesthesia Outside of O.R.

During Medaxion’s Advance Anesthesia Conference, we asked Rick Dutton, MD, MBA, Chief Quality Officer, USAP, to share best practices for establishing and maintaining quality programs and stories of improved patient outcomes.

Dutton began his presentation with THE quote that launched the AQI (Anesthesia Quality Institute) and continued with an example of the finest healthcare he’d ever seen, involving a patient named L.C. and the use of effective information technology across the entire continuum of patient care. The patient, L.C., turned out to be a dairy cow; and while the delegation got a good chuckle, L.C.’s story was aspirational. Dutton has long been a champion of information technology and it’s use to advance the practice of anesthesia and improve the overall care of patients. His insight was practical and inspiring.

Best in class Quality Programs include:

  • Demographics
  • Outcomes capture from every case
  • Patient satisfaction measurement in every practice
  • Incident capture and review
  • Participation in hospital quality programs
  • National registry benchmarking
  • Regulatory reporting

Watch the full presentation for additional insights from Dr. Dutton.

Only have three minutes? Listen to a real world example of how one physician evaluated his survey benchmarks, changed his practice, and greatly improved his patient’s experience.

Medaxion’s Advance Anesthesia Conference is a weekend gathering of customers, partners and thought leaders to share best practices and insights designed to advance the practice of anesthesia. The 2017 conference will be held in Nashville September 22-24. Sign up here for updates.

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