In October 2015, three-hospital Southcoast Health serving southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island went live with an enterprise acute/ambulatory Epic electronic health records system. With the new system, the organization wanted to get away from manual anesthesia documentation, which takes time and the attention of clinicians in the operating rooms.

The goal was to automate documentation and translate messages from a range of anesthesia machines of different types to readable language that the Epic system could accept, says Scott LaRosa, director of clinical systems.

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