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SIS Go-Live
Cedars-Sinai's Main OR will soon be operating with an advanced new surgical software system, called SIS, designed to provide physicians and other caregivers with greater access to patient care information.

SIS, the acronym for Surgical Information System, provides expanded scheduling, documentation and billing capabilities and is considered a vast improvement over the current system, Orbit, which was implemented in 1992.

The first phase of the SIS rollout has been completed in the 310 Surgery Center. The Main OR is expected to begin scheduling patients in SIS beginning November 2, with final implementation of the system in the Main OR PACU set for early 2007. The transition will not require any special physician training.

"SIS is a powerful software system that represents a quantum technological advancement for Cedars-Sinai," says Dennis L. Wood, M.D., Clinical Chief, Department of Surgery. "It makes information about each patient case easily accessible throughout the surgical process, ensuring that all of the complex 'pieces' come together to allow physicians to perform surgery in a safe, timely manner."

Once fully implemented, SIS will also provide scheduling functionality for procedure areas such as CVIC, Bronchoscopy, GI Lab and Interventional Radiology.

In addition, Web-VS has been enhanced to:

  • Allow delivery of the updated OR schedule every 5 minutes rather once a day.
  • Display the current day plus the next 5 days.
  • Display scheduling from Orbit and SIS in the same view with indicator as to which system is the source of data until all OR floors are live on SIS.
  • Link to patient information directly from OR schedule for those cases scheduled in SIS (currently 310 Building patients only).
  • Link from MD names in OR schedule to get physician phone number and office location.
  • Display the surgeons scheduled cases for the day on their PPL (Physician Patient List).
  • Display SIS clinical reports for all nursing documentation in pre-admitting, pre-op and intra-op areas in 310 Building. Same reports will be available as SIS is phased into the Main OR.
  • Provide surgeons and anesthesiologists with the ability to search for their own schedule by date range.

All of these enhancements will be available when each Main OR floor goes live.

For more information about SIS, please call SIS Project Manager Nancy Gianni at 310-423-9333 or EIS Health System Director Beth Hallman at 310-423-2852.