Surgical Information Systems Teams with OpenTempo to Streamline Perioperative Staff Scheduling

ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Information Systems ('SIS'), a leader in perioperative information systems, announced today that it has selected OpenTempo as a partner to deliver superior staff scheduling to its surgery and anesthesia software clients.

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Stronger regulatory requirements around pay for performance – which begin to go into effect this month – and rising case volumes are increasing pressure on hospitals to optimize their resources and processes. Using technology to drive efficiency in Surgery -- the most financially-critical department in a hospital -- has become an essential part of a healthcare leader's IT strategy to deliver quality care while remaining competitive.

OpenTempo, which develops enterprise scheduling solutions, has integrated its surgical and anesthesia workforce scheduling tool with the SIS perioperative information technology solution. The result combines essential SIS OR data with OpenTempo's automated scheduling process, uniquely bringing four key scheduling needs together in one vertically-integrated scheduling solution:

  • Call, Shift and Rotation Schedules
  • Room/Case Scheduling
  • Requests
  • Time-Tracking/Payroll/Incentive Pay

"Anesthesia providers have identified a predictable schedule as their top requirement for efficiently delivering high-quality care to their patients," said Ed Daihl, CEO of Surgical Information Systems. "SIS evaluated technologies to pinpoint options that meet the needs of our clients and the healthcare market at large. We are honored to work closely with OpenTempo to advance the capabilities of our perioperative solution, and look forward to bringing integrated, state-of-the-art clinical scheduling tools to our clients."

In addition to automated scheduling capabilities, mobile and web-based access to daily schedules and custom reports in OpenTempo give users and department leader's instant access to information they need to plan their day, manage requests, track rotations and credentialing hours, and more -- via any computer, smart phone, tablet or mobile device.

Users report that integration between SIS and OpenTempo has simplified their anesthesia scheduling process, delivering an optimized schedule in minutes instead of hours. Managers can oversee the surgical schedule from anywhere at any time. Matching the right staff with the right cases is easy -- a critical factor in achieving goals of improved patient outcomes and satisfaction.

"Developing robust integrations that ease workforce management is one way we work to achieve our mission of supporting the needs of both hospitals and anesthesia practices," stated Rich Miller, CEO of OpenTempo. "When looking to simplify OR resource scheduling in combination with a perioperative IT solution -- particularly for anesthesia providers -- SIS' commitment to innovation, top-ranked AIMS technology, and perioperative expertise made them the natural choice as a partner."

Hospitals and anesthesia providers identify SIS as the perioperative expert – bringing clinical workflow knowledge, technology innovation, and speed to value to enterprise IT strategies, resulting in unparalleled ROI. With over 300 successful perioperative implementations, SIS solutions deliver proven benefits to anesthesia providers and hospitals across the United States and Canada. SIS Anesthesia was recently rated #1 in the anesthesia specialty report by KLAS, AIMS 2012: Cooperation is Key.[1] SIS is recognized by top industry associations for its commitment to advance anesthesia solutions.

About OpenTempo

OpenTempo's advanced clinical scheduling system helps hospitals and anesthesia practices efficiently manage their resource schedules and workforce. By automating the scheduling process, balanced call schedules are built in minutes, paper requests are completely eliminated, and users track time directly into the system. Custom report views instantly provide all of the information schedulers and department leads need to plan their day, manage requests, and track rotation and credentialing status -- via any computer, smart phone, tablet or mobile device. For more information, visit

About SIS

Surgical Information Systems ("SIS") provides software solutions that are uniquely designed to add value at every point of the perioperative process. Developed specifically for the complex surgical environment, all SIS solutions—including anesthesia—are architected on a single database and integrate easily with other hospital systems. SIS offers the only surgical scheduling system and the only anesthesia information management system endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA), and rules-based charging and analytics solutions that have been granted Peer Reviewed status by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). SIS is also the first AIMS provider to be designated as an AQI Preferred Vendor by the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI). For more information, visit our website,

SIS, the SIS logo, and Surgical Information Systems are trademarks of Surgical Information Systems, LLC. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

[1] © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

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