Talis Clinical builds perioperative solution on Microsoft Azure

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 9, 2014 — Talis Clinical has selected Microsoft Azure as the technology foundation of its ACG-Anesthesia clinical anesthesiology solution. ACG-Anesthesia presents the provider with real-time, pertinent information enabling clinically relevant care to be administered throughout the entire perioperative care process. Specifically, ACG-Anesthesia directs advanced clinical and operational guidance to the point of care and beyond to facilitate improved patient outcomes, documentation compliance and revenue cycle enhancement.

Talis Clinical was established in 2013 to bring to market a comprehensive anesthesia system developed at the Cleveland Clinic. Its clinicians developed a solution to streamline the complex process of providing members of the surgical team with real-time information needed to support patients’ health and safety, from preparing for surgery to ensuring thorough intensive care and recovery treatments. ACG-Anesthesia also helps hospitals collect and report the information required by regulatory bodies, such as CMS and AQI, so they can more easily manage documentation for insurers, payers and other quality improvement initiatives.

Because Microsoft provided such an elegant solution while supporting the strict Talis Clinical security protocols, Azure was a natural fit. Microsoft Corp. experts collaborated with Talis Clinical throughout the development process, providing the technological knowledge required to evolve the solution from a custom-built, on-premises installation in all 300 operating rooms at the Cleveland Clinic to a fully commercialized clinical product in the cloud.

“In the operating room, anesthesiologists must manage hundreds of details about the patient’s condition to ensure the best possible outcomes. Outside the operating room, anesthesiologists are frequently responsible for several patients simultaneously, across multiple rooms and caregiver teams,” said Gary Colister, chief operating officer of Talis Clinical. “Azure is critical to supporting ACG-Anesthesia. It allows us to support and monitor our patients with confidence and fewer technology resources so we can better support Talis Clinical’s applications.”

The idea for an Anesthesia Clinical Decision Support System originated with David L. Brown, M.D., chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Anesthesia Institute, and also a commercial private pilot. Brown reasoned that just as pilots use avionics and moving map reminders to safely conduct a flight, an anesthesiology team should benefit from the guidance of a clinical decision support system to more easily manage a safe and successful surgical and anesthetic course.

Talis Clinical’s solutions help clinicians manage healthcare reform initiatives and medical costs as well as maintain patient safety and health, which has set this solution apart from other traditional healthcare documentation platforms. The result is a next-generation anesthesia information management system that improves clinical and operational outcomes in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

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