Anesthesia Practitioners Share Insights about Attesting for Meaningful Use with a Certified EHR System

Plexus IS applauds all the anesthesia pioneers that are using certified EMRs in a meaningful way to improve quality, safety, and efficiency.

Boston—Plexus Information Systems, Inc.(Plexus IS), an Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) market leader, delivers anesthesiologists with state-of-the-art AIMS technology that is certified as a Complete EHR for Meaningful Use. Plexus IS shares insights from anesthesia practitioners about attesting for meaningful use with a certified EHR system in order to qualify for incentive payments through the EHR Incentive Program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

"Our group of 22 anesthesiologists was able to successfully submit claims to CMS for the Meaningful Use Incentive Program for 2013 and recently started receiving full Meaningful Use payments. We are presently working on 2014 Meaningful Use criteria and data collection," said Michael Mueller, M.D., OR Director at HCA/Wesley Medical Center. "Anesthesia Touch was an integral part of our success in delineating and tracking our participation in the meaningful use program. The people at Plexus Information Systems were able to set up our meaningful use criteria based on our anesthesia practice and the Anesthesia Touch EMR was able to collect and collate the data for easy submission to CMS for the Meaningful Use Incentive Program. Anesthesia Touch easily allows us to monitor our progress and gives us real-time feedback of each physician's compliance and participation in the meaningful use program. The real-time feedback allowed all physicians to qualify for reimbursement. In summary, Anesthesia Touch made demonstrating meaningful use an easy program to tackle and we were all highly surprised how easy it was to complete."

Robert Nassif, D.M.D., Dental Anesthesiologist at Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates, Pittsburgh, PA, explained, "During our search for an AIMS solution, it was important to our group to select an AIMS that is certified for meaningful use to participate in EHR Incentive Programs. In 2012, we implemented the Plexus IS Anesthesia Touch system and now have an excellent automated anesthesia record. We are very pleased with Anesthesia Touch's overall intuitiveness during daily anesthesia record generation, and how straightforward it is to generate the meaningful use reports, which gives us the information we need to file incentive applications. We were able to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for Pennsylvania's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Stage 1 in 2012, and we have successfully submitted our 2013 Stage 2 applications. I highly recommend to any hospital or anesthesia practice looking to purchase an AIMS, to consider selecting an EHR system that is certified for meaningful use."

"We are pleased to see the uptick of interest in electronic anesthesia records with certified interoperability. Combined with our customers' successes, it reinforces our commitment to provide the most innovative AIMS on the market," said Albert Woo, M.D., President at Plexus Information Systems, Inc. "We applaud these pioneers for their initiative in demonstrating how the objectives of the CMS program can be applied in daily practice."

In order for anesthesiologists to meet the meaningful use criteria, they must adopt a certified EHR system and use it to achieve specific objectives. To learn more about the CMS meaningful use incentive program, visit

Plexus IS' Anesthesia Touch™ is compliant with the ONC-ACB 2014 Edition Criteria, which supports both Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

If you would like to learn more about Anesthesia Touch, an easy to use, full-featured AIMS for both iPad and Windows, please click here to request an online demonstration.

About Plexus Information Systems, Inc.

Plexus Information Systems (Plexus IS) is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems. The Plexus IS intraoperative anesthesia record, Anesthesia Touch™, offers the most functionality and adaptability of any AIMS and uses a cloud-based solution for capturing, managing and storing patient information. Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both Windows and iPad iOS. It is easy to use, improves processes, enhances patient safety, and provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation. As a modular add-on to the anesthesia solution, Pharmacy Touch™ supports patient safety and simplifies medication documentation through barcode syringe labeling, automated dispensing, and closed-loop tracking.

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