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Amazing Charts

September 07, 2011 09:13 ET

Physician Saves Patient's Life With Electronic Charting From Amazing Charts

Electronic Health Record Software Recommends Ultrasound Test That Reveals Multiple Life-Threatening Aneurysms in 65-Year Old Smoker

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - Improved outcomes for patients is believed to be an important benefit of using electronic health records, yet few physicians can cite specific instances where such software has made a life-saving difference. Dr. Shankar Santhanam of Lawrenceville, NJ, is a notable exception. He recently used the Amazing Charts electronic health record (EHR) system to save a patient's life by following the evidence-based, decision-support recommendations offered by the software.

In 2010, Dr. Santhanam performed a physical exam on a 65-year old man who had hypertension and was an active smoker. Aware of the patient's risk for an aortic aneurysm, Dr. Santhanam performed an abdominal exam, but did not detect anything that would raise his suspicion. Based on the patient's risk factors, however, the Amazing Charts EHR system recommended the patient be additionally screened to rule-out an aneurysm.

"Amazing Charts popped up a reminder to check for abdominal aneurysm based on his history," recalls Dr. Santhanam. "Although I could not palpate a mass or note any unusual bruits on exam, the risk-factor reminder tilted my decision making, and I ordered an ultrasound and told him to get it done immediately. The tests revealed a large aortic abdominal aneurysm and bilateral iliac aneurysms in his legs. It was a very serious situation, and his life was literally on the line."

Between 2010 and 2011, the patient underwent multiple surgeries and further testing during these procedures also found a thoracic aneurysm and multi-vessel heart disease. He underwent iliac artery coil embolizations, abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs, CABG x3, and a pacemaker placement for Type II Mobitz Heart block. The surgeries were successful and the patient is currently recovering under the care of Dr. Santhanam. provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR) and services to small healthcare practices. Amazing Charts Version 6 is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certified for Meaningful Use. Based on number one ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall user satisfaction, the Amazing Charts EHR is used by more than 4,500 practices. Founded in 2001 by a practicing family physician,, Inc. is headquartered at 650 Ten Rod Rd, Suite 12, North Kingstown, RI 02852, 1-866-382-5932.

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