Picis launches critical care information system

23 September 2008

Picis has launched eView for Critical Care Manager, part of the company's CareSuite family of software for intensive care units. The new product is designed to consolidate clinical information for the entire intensive care unit (ICU) patient census and present it in a concise, web-based view to help clinicians identify patients requiring attention.

Picis has also announced several enhancements to its core perioperative and critical care clinical automation solutions, including advanced clinical documentation and a powerful new dynamic decision-support system.

The critical care areas are among the most cost- and resource- intensive areas of the hospital, averaging 30-40% of hospital spending. Picis software automates the documentation and processes that supply clinicians with the information they need to more effectively and efficiently perform their jobs in these areas.

eView enables web-based access to key patient trends in diagnostics and treatment results, thus enabling physicians to oversee many patients at once. It provides clinicians with both a 'big picture' view of overall departmental status, and the ability to drill down to the complete electronic patient record with a single click. It also allows clinicians to continuously view patient information prioritised by their acuity and drill down into their electronic chart as if they were present at the bedside.

Joaquin Álvarez, MD, chief of intensive care at Fuenlabrada University Hospital, Madrid, Spain said, "Automated critical care systems are central to helping improve patient care. By allowing clinicians to view all patients and trends in a single snapshot and provide quick access to lab results, Picis helps hospitals increase the efficiency of their critical care departments as well as optimize their documentation."

Professor Jean-Louis Vincent, MD, PhD, head of the Department of Intensive Care at Erasme Hospital and chairman of the International Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine commented, "The ICU/critical care department is the most expensive area of the hospital and produces a vast amount of patient data.

"In addition, because of the often complex and rapidly evolving nature of disease in many severely ill patients and the associated need for acute interventions and treatments, ICUs are areas particularly prone to medical errors. What's more, with these critically ill patients, what may seem to be a relatively minor error could in fact have major consequences. ICU/critical care departments should be equipped with easy-to-use clinical documentation systems and decision support tools to help limit such errors and allow nurses and physicians to spend less time on administrative tasks and paperwork and more time on patient care."

eView for Critical Care Manager is currently available in English, French and Spanish. Picis says that the Care Suite 8.2 core critical care and perioperative product is scheduled for general availability by the end of September.

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