Ep 48: How OSAEMR is Changing Data Collection for CRNAs

Dan Simonson and Jack Hitchens are long-time CRNAs that identified a need in the profession to be able to easily track and manage data. That’s why they created the Open-Source Anesthesia Electronic Medical Record, which they believe provides great value – at no charge – to CRNAs around the world. Find out everything you need to know about OSAEMR and its future.

On This Episode:

Data has become an integral part of understanding the world around us and the CRNA profession benefits greatly from record-keeping and analysis. The more we can track procedures and results, the better we will become at our jobs.

Two people that have are making a positive impact in data collection are Dan Simonson, CRNA, MHPA and Jack Hitchens, CRNA, BA, ARNP. These two CRNAs have years and years of experience in our field and found the ability to track our work everyday to be a challenge. That’s why they created OSAEMR or Open-Source Anesthesia Electronic Medical Records.

We brought both gentlemen on the Beyond the Mask Podcast to discuss this platform.

1:55 – Welcome in our two guests, Dan Simonson and Jack Hitchens.

3:55 – Today’s topic is OSAEMR or Open-Source Anesthesia Electronic Medical Record. Here’s some background on what it is.

The ability to save and upload your records can have a lot of benefits to our industry, especially for students. Being able to look at the data and analyze it as part of their coursework can help the next generation of CRNAs prepare in a much deeper way thanks to those that came before them.

4:46 – Why is this important for our profession?

5:32 – This even allows you to track your data as a student.

They told us about the way the program developed out of a ‘labor of love’ from both men. They put a lot of their own time and money into the project to get it launched, but they’re excited about the growth through five years.

6:26 – This is a project Dan and Jack have worked on for five years. Here’s how it all started.

8:54 – A labor of love for Dan and Jack.

10:21 – It’s been a way for both guys to contribute to the profession and more than 400 CRNAs are using it now around the world.

Once we discussed how OSAEMR got to this point, we wanted to turn our attention on where it is headed. How can it integrate with other systems currently in place? And how much outside support have they been receiving? And most importantly, where is OSAEMR headed?

11:44 – How does this interface with other systems already in place?

13:10 – Have these EMRs been helpful in the development in OSAEMR

15:02 – Is there a reason people wouldn’t want this data out there?

16:14 – What is OSAEMR’s motto relative to data?

17:28 – There’s no data being captured in plastics work but this can change.

20:04 – Pain management procedures are going to be a part of the data collection.

If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at this solution, visit their website at OSAEMR.com and give it a test run. It’s doesn’t cost users anything and they have three different versions available for multiple devices. Dan and Jack also share ways that every CRNA can get involved and help the platform continue to grow and improve our industry.

21:09 – Here’s what CRNAs can do to help OSAEMR continue to move forward and grow.

23:04 – There are three versions of the product currently.

25:56 – What are the near-term goals for the product?

26:51 – Final thoughts from Dan.

Thanks for checking out another episode of Beyond the Mask. Please subscribe and join us next week for another show.

“Jack and I, our way of contributing to our profession and it’s a very concrete way. OSAEMR is used now. We have over 400 users and it’s being used on a daily basis by CRNAs to record their care. And that gives us both a lot of pride.

-Dan Simonson, CRNA, MHPA





COVID-19 Pandemic

Ep 213: Moral Injury and Nurse Anesthesia

With the increased distress and rationing of care that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, the topic of Moral Injury (MI) has started to garner much more attention in the world of healthcare. This repeated conflict between an individual’s morality and the management of care causes a deep emotional wound that often drives workers out of the profession altogether. Jerry Hogan, DNSc, CRNA wrote an article about this subject, so we’ve asked him to explain the effects of MI and how CRNAs can resolve this conflict.

Current Events

Ep 212: Thankful for the AANA and Its Ongoing Efforts for CRNAs

It hasn’t been the easiest year for a lot of people, but we know there’s still plenty to be grateful for as we approach another Thanksgiving. Specifically, we wanted to shine the light on the AANA and everything they do for our profession each year. New AANA President Angie Mund, DNP, CRNA is a friend of the show and someone we appreciate quite a bit so we wanted to spend some time with her on this holiday to talk about everything she’s hoping to accomplish over the next year.


Ep 211: Anesthesia Management for a Pheochromocytoma

We’ve had CRNAs and SRNAs ask us to give them the essential information needed to manage a particular case and today we’re going to do that with Pheochromocytoma. This is the second episode in our endocrine surgical procedures series and there will be some valuable info that you might find on exams as well. Here’s the power-packed episode for anesthesia management for a Pheochromocytoma that we hope you get a lot out of.




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