Hospital throughput is a critical aspect to meeting perioperative goals, but many hospital leaders overlook how throughput in the OR (operating room) is interconnected with areas outside of the perioperative suite. Each operating day starts off with a well-considered plan, but schedule changes, unexpected capacity issues, and other constraints can have cascading effects throughout the hospital, leaving perioperative leaders scrambling to react. This negatively impacts budgets, OR utilization, staff satisfaction, patient flow, and patient care.
Although throughput problems vary through the different phases of the patient pathway – pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative, inpatient – they all stem from similar sources. Departmental silos, a lack of enterprise-level communication, manual process, and a lack of future visibility within ICU leadership can all negatively impact throughput.
Hospital IQ helps perioperative leaders managing demand and capacity and other issues with a three-pronged, enterprise-level approach. Our solutions generate automated notifications and communications to help streamline manual processes and align teams faster, provide visibility into potential future issues before they occur so they can be managed proactively, not reactively, and engage leaders and frontline staff with standardized and trustworthy data. From anesthesia to the OR desk to the PACU, all stakeholders are now on the same page at all times.
The center of these efforts is our perioperative throughput hub, which can be customized based on the needs of the hospital to deliver the real-time and future visibility into perioperative operations that’s critical to proactively managing throughput. Whether showing the status of all current and future cases by phase, rooms running, or PACU Census, the OR desk, and other perioperative leaders can now anticipate bottlenecks and delays and solve them ahead of time.
Hospital IQ also helps to prevent issues from arising in the first place with a variety of automated notifications, communications, and recommendations, one of which is a First Case On-Time Start workflow. The system notifies surgical teams with a scheduled first start 24 hours in advance to ensure the day’s first surgery in each operating room starts on time. In the event that a first case is delayed, the surgeon assigned is automatically prompted after the case to provide the reasoning behind the delay, creating a data source that can be utilized for targeted improvements.
Hospital IQ has delivered significant results by helping our customers focus on improving their perioperative throughput. Hospitals utilizing Hospital IQ’s perioperative throughput tools have seen increased OR utilization, a reduction in off-prime cases, and increased first case on-time starts. These results have a direct financial impact, both in reducing unnecessary labor costs such as overtime and improving contribution margin. Coupled with Hospital IQ’s predictive analytics that enable surgeons to gain more access to the operating room and empower perioperative leadership with recommended block allocation changes, Hospital IQ offers a comprehensive solution to managing perioperative operations.
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