Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants
Named Alpha Testing Practice for AQI Data Registry


Anesthesia Quality Institute selects SAC physicians to enter data first

January 7, 2009 (Charlotte, N.C.) – Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants (SAC) has become an alpha site for the first national anesthesia data registry developed by the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI).

The primary mechanism for achieving AQI’s objective will be a national data registry for anesthesia. The data registry will strive to achieve multiple conceptual goals, including clinical research, benchmarking, public reporting, Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA), and credentialing.

SAC’s physicians were chosen to be an initial alpha site because of their high level of quality and their use of Quantum Clinical Navigation System, a data software system that tracks 50 quality indicators throughout the perioperative process.

“Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants has been a leader in quality management for over a decade,” said Richard P. Dutton, MD, MBA, Executive Director of AQI. “The level of data that they are able to provide is exactly what AQI needed for an alpha partner.”

SAC’s dedication to demonstrable quality, patient safety and comfort has motivated our physicians to develop Quantum Clinical Navigation System over the past 10 years.

“We are pleased that AQI has recognized our efforts and are proud to partner with them,” remarked Richard L. Gilbert, MD, MBA, Chairman and CEO of Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants.

Quantum Clinical Navigation System, a subsidiary of Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants, will also be one of the first approved vendors for AQI’s national data registry.

“In the alpha phase of our relationship Quantum will work with AQI to align our data for easy submission to the registry. As AQI Certified software, Quantum will provide our clients with the seamless ability to participate in the AQI national registry,” said John Kunysz, COO of Quantum Clinical Navigation System.

The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) was developed in 2008 to become the primary source of information for quality improvement in the clinical practice of anesthesiology. Founded by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the AQI seeks to expand focus on patient health and safety by fostering advances in quality of care measurement that lead to improvements in the delivery of anesthesia medical care. For more information, visit

Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants is an 80+ physician anesthesia and pain management practice serving more than 100,000 anesthesia and more than 45,000 pain management patients each year in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. On the Web at

About Quantum Clinical Navigation System
Quantum, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., provides continuous quality improvement consulting and perioperative quality measurement solutions for hospitals, surgery centers and physician groups. Quantum measures and reports 50 real time clinical indicators including: patient satisfaction, clinician performance, quality outcomes and operation efficiency throughout the perioperative process. Quantum was founded in 2006 as a division of Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants, an 80+ physician practice providing anesthesia and pain management services throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Oregon to more than 151,000 patients each year. For more information, visit