Picis launches critical care information system
23 September 2008
Picis has launched eView for Critical Care Manager, part of the
company's CareSuite family of software for intensive care units. The new
product is designed to consolidate clinical information for the entire
intensive care unit (ICU) patient census and present it in a concise,
web-based view to help clinicians identify patients requiring attention.
Picis has also announced several enhancements to its core
perioperative and critical care clinical automation solutions, including
advanced clinical documentation and a powerful new dynamic
The critical care areas are among the most cost- and resource-
intensive areas of the hospital, averaging 30-40% of hospital spending.
Picis software automates the documentation and processes that supply
clinicians with the information they need to more effectively and
efficiently perform their jobs in these areas.
eView enables web-based access to key patient trends in diagnostics
and treatment results, thus enabling physicians to oversee many patients
at once. It provides clinicians with both a 'big picture' view of
overall departmental status, and the ability to drill down to the
complete electronic patient record with a single click. It also allows
clinicians to continuously view patient information prioritised by their
acuity and drill down into their electronic chart as if they were
present at the bedside.
Joaquin Álvarez, MD, chief of intensive care at Fuenlabrada
University Hospital, Madrid, Spain said, "Automated critical care
systems are central to helping improve patient care. By allowing
clinicians to view all patients and trends in a single snapshot and
provide quick access to lab results, Picis helps hospitals increase the
efficiency of their critical care departments as well as optimize their
Professor Jean-Louis Vincent, MD, PhD, head of the Department of
Intensive Care at Erasme Hospital and chairman of the International
Society of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine commented, "The
ICU/critical care department is the most expensive area of the hospital
and produces a vast amount of patient data.
"In addition, because of the often complex and rapidly evolving
nature of disease in many severely ill patients and the associated need
for acute interventions and treatments, ICUs are areas particularly
prone to medical errors. What's more, with these critically ill
patients, what may seem to be a relatively minor error could in fact
have major consequences. ICU/critical care departments should be
equipped with easy-to-use clinical documentation systems and decision
support tools to help limit such errors and allow nurses and physicians
to spend less time on administrative tasks and paperwork and more time
on patient care."
eView for Critical Care
Manager is currently available in English, French and Spanish. Picis
says that the Care
Suite 8.2 core critical care and perioperative product is scheduled for
general availability by the end of September.