Safety Feature Explanation
Promotes the maintenance of normal physiological variables The inability to “smooth” vital signs as with handwritten record may provide further motivation to the anesthesiologist to maintain normal vital signs.
Integration of AIMS with other patient information systems Examples: allergy alerts, notification of abnormal laboratory results, access to other health consultants’ notes, access to full patient history.
Provision of prompts for specific actions Examples:  timing for antibiotic re-dosing
Improved legibility and accuracy Provides a more accurate medical record for future reference for either medical or medico-legal purposes
Reduction in the time the anesthesiologist spends on clerical/recording tasks Allows time and attention to be directed toward higher-order “managerial” roles
Table 3: Potential Safety Advantages of Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS).