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J Clin Monit Comput. 2011 Feb;25(1):71-9. doi: 10.1007/s10877-010-9256-y. Epub 2010 Aug 24.

Anesthesia information management systems: a review of functionality and installation considerations.

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Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 55 Fruit Street, Jackson 458, Boston, MA 02114-2696, USA.


The functionality and rate of implementation of Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) has markedly risen over the past decade. These systems have now become much more than the generic automated record keepers, originally proposed and developed in the 1980s. AIMS have now become complex integrated systems, which have been shown to improve patient care and, in some cases, the financial performance of a department. Although the underlying technology has improved greatly over the past 5 years, the process of selecting and completing an AIMS installation still presents a number of challenges, and must be approached carefully in order to maximize the benefits provided by these systems.

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