Anesthesia information management systems: Imperatives for nurse anesthetists

Jessica J. Peterson, Kathryn W. White, Bonnie L. Westra, Karen A. Monsen

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Informatics is a new science within healthcare and anesthesia that leverages computer technology to improve patient safety, the quality of care provided, and workload efficiency. In clinical anesthesia practice, appropriate application of informatics promotes data standardization and integrity, and supports clinical decision-making. This article describes current issues in anesthesia information management to support the critical need for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to influence functionality, adoption, and use of an anesthesia information management system. The use of informatics tools and concepts should enable CRNAs to enhance their bedside vigilance, align their practice with evidence-based clinical guidelines, and provide cost-effective care for patients and healthcare systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-351
Number of pages6
JournalAANA Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Clinical decision support
  • Data integrity
  • Informatics
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Standardization

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Peterson, J. J., White, K. W., Westra, B. L., & Monsen, K. A. (2014). Anesthesia information management systems: Imperatives for nurse anesthetists. AANA Journal, 82(5), 346-351.