For Surgeons - SurgiNet

SurgiNet is the Cerner solution for an electronic medical record for intraoperative documentation, preference card management, item maintenance and case charging. To schedule all surgeries, physicians' offices need to complete and fax our Surgical Scheduling Form.

Surgical schedulers should be familiar with our new scheduling procedure and updated fax form, new procedure names for scheduling purposes, the use of a FIN number as a confirmation number, how best to manage surgeries that need to be rescheduled and how add-ons to elective surgeries will be managed via SurgiNet.

Holy Cross has identified more than 600 surgical procedures (Excel spreadsheet; password required to open) performed in our Operating Room. The procedures list represents the names of the preference cards that will be used to schedule a surgery and to assemble supplies and equipment necessary for a case.

Information about preference cards and procedure names

The preference card is the foundation on which the surgical case is scheduled and the case cart is assembled. The information on the card is used to gather supplies, instrumentation, medications, equipment, and to set up the OR suite. (The preference card name does not prohibit the surgeon from customizing the surgical procedure/case on a patient-by-patient basis.)

For example: The SurgiNet procedure for a total knee is named KNEE ARTHROPLASTY TOTAL. Say the surgeon wants to schedule a Left Knee Replacement using a Zimmer total knee system. The preference card that is chosen is KNEE ARTHROPLASTY TOTAL, for Dr X, and the procedure is scheduled as Left Total Knee Replacement with Zimmer. Left Total Knee Replacement with Zimmer is what writes to the OR schedule, to the tracking board, and to the patient's chart. The patient's chart is then updated at the end of the surgical case to reflect the actual procedure performed.

Click here to access our procedures list (Excel spreadsheet; password required to open).

  • The first tab is simply an alphabetical listing of all of our procedures.
  • The second tab is a listing of procedures with associated default specialties.
  • Subsequent tabs are divided by each specialty for ease of sorting. Keep in mind that many procedures cross into several specialties.

The specialty assigned is simply a default specialty that is needed in order to make the system operational. The default specialty was chosen by which surgical specialty most often performs the procedure. For example, Cystoscopy is assigned the default specialty of Urology. However, this procedure is also applicable to and used by gynecological surgeons. Cystoscopy was "assigned" to Urology simply because urologists are most likely to perform this procedure and permit SurgiNet to function properly. As long as the surgeon is privileged for the procedure, he/she will be able to schedule it.

Please use the exact SurgiNet procedure name from the list when you contact us to schedule a case.

To learn more about SurgiNet, please call Liza Vizcarrondo at 301-754-7251.