In 2007, a steering committee at West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, began a three-year, accelerated design, computer implementation project to institute an automated perioperative record. The process included budgeting, selecting a vendor, designing and building the system, educating perioperative staff members, implementing the system, and re-evaluating the system for upgrades. Important steps in designing and building the system included mapping patient care and documentation processes, assessing software and hardware needs, and creating a new preference card system and surgical scheduling system. Staff members were educated to use the new computer applications via contests, inservice programs, hands-on learning modules, and a preimplementation rehearsal. Role-based security ensures that staff members are granted access to the computer applications they need to perform the work defined by their scope of practice. Planning ensures that the computer system will be maintained and enhanced over time.