The Madrid Health Ministry has chosen Picis to supply software to manage patient care in the intensive care, operating theatres and recovery rooms of seven new hospitals in the region.

The move comes as part of the Madrid region’s automation project for its hospitals, which is run in association with Siemens Spain and Picis.

Picis will supply its anaesthesia manager, PACU manager and critical care manager software products. The applications have already been successfully piloted at the Fuenlabrada Hospital in the Madrid region.

“The exceptional levels of user satisfaction among clinical staff who work with Picis solutions daily at the company’s installed sites in Spain was a key factor in our choice of Picis technology,” said Francisco Ramón García Lombardia, chief information officer at Fuenlabrada Hospital and director of the automation project for the region’s new hospitals.

The Picis systems are designed to automate workflow and clinical patient records for pre-intra and post-anesthesia and critical care settings, helping to manage the data created in these environments, reducing follow-up time and offering accurate, legible and accessible information.

The decision to implement the Picis software is part of the region’s automation project for its hospitals, which is run in association with Siemens Spain and Picis.

Integration of Siemens and Picis applications, under the government’s Selene framework, allows clinical information to be shared across the hospitals through the Siemens electronic medical record (EMRs) solution.

“The automation project will allow all seven hospitals to be interconnected and to manage all aspects of hospital care, such as clinical records, operating rooms and diagnostic scheduling,” said Lombardía.

He added: “These hospitals are real examples of truly ‘paperless’ EMRs that allow clinical staff to provide quality care to our community.”

Lombardia said the region chose Picis for its reputation and understanding of the theatres market.

He said: “Picis has a deep understanding of the particular needs of these areas, and has shown its ability to integrate its products with the Selene hospital management solution from Siemens and IT systems from other hospital departments. Simply put, Picis is the best choice for helping our health professionals provide better patient care in high-acuity areas”

Madrid is the second Spanish regional health ministry to choose Picis’ specialised software in its high-acuity areas. Previously, IB Salut of the Spanish Balearic Islands has also deployed Picis solutions for anesthesia and ICUs in Manacor, Son Llatzer, Inca and Maó hospitals.

“The agreement signed with the Madrid region is a turning point for the company in Spain,” said Marc Prenafeta, vice president of international sales and channel partners, Picis.

He added: “We believe Picis has come to be considered as a strategic high-acuity solution, providing for the needs of newly created health centres in regional projects.”

The seven new hospitals — Puerta de Hierro Hospital (Majadahonda), Henares Hospital (Coslada), Infanta Sofía Hospital (San Sebastián de los Reyes), Infanta Cristina Hospital (Parla), Tajo Hospital (Aranjuez), Sureste Hospital (Arganda del Rey) and Infanta Leonor Hospital (Vallecas) — will serve a population of over 1m people.

The Madrid Health Ministry adds to the growing list of large regional health systems in Europe that have recently implemented Picis, including 14 NHS hospitals in London, 13 hospitals in the Helsinki regional health system in Finland and eight hospitals in Norway.