As the only registry in the country, AQI's vision is to become the primary source of information for quality improvement in the clinical practice of anesthesiology. Through education and quality data feedback, AQI will help to improve the quality care of patients, lower anesthesia mortality, and lower anesthesia incidents.AQI's mission is to develop and maintain an ongoing registry (NACOR) of case data that will become the primary resource for anesthesiologists looking to assess and improve patient care.
AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions, one of the nation’s leading providers of medical billing, practice management, and coding services for specialty physicians, hospitals, and surgery centers, is launching its QualityEdgeSM information capture service, which allows physicians and other providers to easily capture data that would otherwise require paper notes or the use of an EMR. AdvantEdge will initially launch QualityEdge for anesthesiology practices, allowing them to easily capture and report on the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI) metrics that are part of the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). The HIPAA-secure QualityEdge service allows healthcare providers to easily capture and view quality, coding, billing, and related information through any Internet-connected mobile device or computer. In addition, users can view custom reports by category, including location, provider, surgeon, case type, time of day, and much more. QualityEdge features virtually unlimited business intelligence reporting through AdvantEdge’s InfoEdge BI and is fully integrated with AdvantEdge’s billing platform for reporting analysis. “Anesthesiologists continually seek better ways to improve quality and measure their results against benchmarks,” said Richard Dutton, M.D., Executive Director of AQI. “By working with companies like AdvantEdge, anesthesia practices will be able to run their day-to-day operations using robust, real-time metrics that place them at the forefront of anesthesia groups. We think QualityEdge is a very easy and low-cost way for anesthesiologists to capture the needed information without impacting their clinical workflow.” “Anesthesia practices and other providers need flexible and powerful technology in order to be successful in the evolving healthcare environment,” said David Langsam, President and CEO of AdvantEdge. “Building on our InfoEdge informatics platform, QualityEdge is extremely easy to use and implement, and its built-in reporting capabilities provide the details and trends needed by physicians, practice managers, and our billing staff. Through QualityEdge, providers can more easily gather and analyze data on the performance of their practices.” AdvantEdge is offering QualityEdge to select clients now with general availability expected later this year. In addition, AdvantEdge is demonstrating QualityEdge at two upcoming conferences: ASA Annual Meeting: Anesthesiology 2013 at booth #2204 on Oct.12-16 in San Francisco, and the ASA Quality Meeting: Creating and Measuring Quality in Anesthesiology at booth #3 on Nov. 9-10 in Rosemont, Ill. About AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions AdvantEdge is a technology-enabled provider of healthcare business management solutions and business intelligence tools that substantially improve decision making, maximize financial performance, streamline operations and eliminate compliance risks for healthcare providers. AdvantEdge continues to gain meaningful scale through organic growth and strategic acquisitions, having completed seven since 2007. AdvantEdge is recognized as one of the top 10 billing, coding, and practice management companies in the U.S.; has more than 675 employees in eight regional offices in the U.S. and one office in Bangalore, India; and collects over $1 billion annually for its physician and hospital clients using its own proven technology. AdvantEdge clients include hospital-based physicians, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and large office-based groups. AdvantEdge is backed by major investors including Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE:SFE) and Founders Equity. For more information about AdvantEdge, please visit our website at www.ahsrcm.com, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @DoctorBilling. About Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) Quality Management (QM) is an important function of any anesthesia practice. Individual clinicians have a professional obligation to think about the patient care they provide and attempt to improve it. Through this need for improvement the Anesthesia Quality Institute was created in 2009 as an affiliated organization of the ASA for the purpose of 1) organizing the quality management, patient safety, and comparative effectiveness efforts of the society, and 2) creating a national registry of anesthesia cases and outcomes. AQI is dedicated to continuously improving the quality care in anesthesia. Through these efforts a number of programs have been developed to promote the needed change in the quality of care for patients in anesthesia.