updated 10/4/2010 8:45:42 AM ET 2010-10-04T12:45:42

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and HERSHEY, Pa., Oct. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has bridged the gap anesthesiologists have been battling between time spent manually charting data points throughout surgical procedures versus the amount of time devoted to making crucial patient care decisions.  

Penn State Hershey implemented Cerner (Nasdaq:CERN) CareAware® technology, which enables connectivity between devices and the electronic health record (EHR), and Draeger anesthesia machines and monitors to dramatically decrease data charting events during surgery. Prior to implementation of the CareAware technology, anesthesia providers had to manually chart vital function data points such as, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, and then adjust the patient's anesthesia level. Researchers working with Penn State Hershey noted the following information pre-implementation and post-implementation.

Pre-Implementation

  • Anesthesia providers spent nearly 10 minutes manually charting data points during a two-hour surgery
  • Manually charted nearly 200 data points during a two-hour surgery

Post Implementation

  • Anesthesia providers spent less than 60 seconds manually charting data points during a two hour surgery
  • Manually charted fewer than 20 data points during a two-hour surgery

Clinical workflows and decision making surrounding patient care have benefitted significantly since the medical center has implemented CareAware technology with Draeger anesthesia machines and monitors.

The Results

  • Spend 90 percent less time manually charting data points
  • Manually chart 15 fewer data points every 10 minutes, and more than 90 fewer data points every hour
  • Spend less than one minute manually charting data points during a two-hour surgery, as opposed to nearly 10 minutes prior to implementation
  • Manually chart fewer than 20 data points during a two-hour surgery, as opposed to nearly 200 prior to implementation
  • Total amount of time saved during a one-year span is projected to be more than 2,800 hours (based on a total of 19,000 surgeries per year)

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. David Fehr said, "CareAware has allowed an anesthesia provider to pay more attention to the patient and not to charting data. This will ultimately lead to increased safety and a higher standard of care for patients at Penn State Hershey."

About Cerner

Cerner is transforming healthcare by eliminating error, variance and waste for healthcare providers and consumers around the world. Cerner® solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations ranging in size from single-doctor practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, employer health and wellness services industry and for the healthcare commerce system. These solutions are licensed by more than 8,500 facilities around the world, including approximately 2,300 hospitals; 3,400 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 600 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 700 home-health facilities; and 1,500 retail pharmacies. The trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the "Marks") set forth herein are registered and unregistered trademarks and/or service marks owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit www.cerner.com , Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube .

About Draeger

Draeger. Technology for Life®
Draeger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Draeger products protect, support and save lives. Founded in 1889, in 2009 Draeger generated revenues of around EUR 1.9 billion. The Draeger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has about 11,000 employees worldwide. Please visit www.draeger.com for more information.

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. It is important to note that the Company's performance, and actual results, financial condition or business could differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. The words "projected" and "will", variations thereof or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the possibility of product-related liabilities; potential claims for system errors and warranties; the possibility of interruption at our data centers or client support facilities; our proprietary technology may be subject to claims for infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property rights of others, or may be infringed or misappropriated by others; risks related to our reliance on third party suppliers; and government regulation; Additional discussion of these and other factors affecting the Company's business is contained in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial condition or business over time.

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