UMass Memorial Medical Center Division of Neurosurgery to Use mTuitive OpNote

July 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

The Division of Neurosurgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center will use mTuitive OpNote to track data for its Surgical Outcomes Research project. OpNote was released from beta testing this past week and will go live at several locations over the next few weeks.

The outcomes project at UMass Memorial will record specific operative details to trace patient outcomes for comparison against stated surgical objectives. Variations in procedure types, techniques and surgical implants will be followed to measure effectiveness.

Learn more about the project below!

mTuitive OpNote replaces antiquated paper and dictation-based methods of recording surgeons’ postoperative details with an electronic system that generates structured reports in a synoptic format. The structured report makes surgical information readily usable for sophisticated database applications for quality reporting measures, disease registries and research repositories, such as the UMass Memorial project. In the process, OpNote eliminates the cost and reporting delays associated with transcription while accelerating the revenue cycle for the surgery center and surgeon. Reports are seamlessly cross coded for billing and compliance purposes. OpNote is priced less than the cost of transcription, meaning providers begin saving money immediately.

The software is web-based and requires no initial investment although interfaces to electronic medical record systems are available. No special hardware is required but OpNote is optimized for use on tablets and touch screen devices – including the iPhone™ and iPad.™

The project is the brainchild of Dr. Richard Moser, chief of Neurosurgery at UMass Memorial, who hopes that the process will establish a process to effectively measure the success of specific surgical objectives. Dr. Jared Ament is spearheading the project, one of the first of its kind. Dr. Ament stated that “there is an amazing amount of information contained in surgical reports, almost all of which is unusable for research because it is not structured for use in a database. OpNote enables us to capture and utilize this information in a meaningful way.”

On a related note, Dr. Ament recently wrote a piece for the Meditech Bulletin entitled “Structured Data and the Future of Medical Reporting.” In it, Dr. Ament discusses the growing need and general acceptance of synoptic reporting in the medical field. The Neurosurgery Outcomes Project will be a great example of the insight that structured data can provide as well as the improvements in care it will produce.

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