Millikin University, USA
Todd LaDage has been a Registered Nurse for 17 years. He completed his Associates Degree of Nursing from Kaskaskia College and Bachelor’s Degree from University of Phoenix. He is currently at Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital’s Nurse Anesthesia program pursuing his Master’s Degree of Nurse Anesthesia graduating December 2015. He volunteers in his community teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support. His interest is Nursing Informatics being involved is many leadership positions teaching health information systems throughout his nursing career. Todd is married to his bride, Darla, and they have three children residing in Pekin, Illinois.
Billions of dollars have been offered through governmental legislation for healthcare providers to use Electronic Medical Records (EMR) to document patient care. Despite the incentives and upcoming penalties, anesthesia providers have been slow to adopt an EMR called Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS). The purpose of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators of anesthesia provider documentation on AIMS. Ninety Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) in Illinois responded to an online survey. The recognized facilitators for AIMS include improvements to Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) adherence, record completion, and easy access to patient information. The barriers to AIMS adoption are significant and include workflow disruption and cost. CRNAs are in an ideal position to help AIMS vendors facilitate the creation of an AIMS system that can address the documentation requirements of patient care while making a user interface customizable and individualized toward the end user (the CRNA).