May 4, 2015 - OR Management Moves Mobile, is Becoming Comprehensive
Rebecca Rudolph, Editor
When she started her operating room (OR) management career in 1979, everything was done with a pen and paper. Tasks like charting, scheduling, billing and documentation all included sifting through papers. There were sticky notes everywhere, Mary Hibdon, ambulatory surgery strategist with Cerner, laughed. “Slowly, we saw the business side move to a more automated function, and then, with the advent of Meaningful Use and the carrot associated with that, the push was ‘let’s document everything electronically’,” she said...
Screens also started sprouting in ORs to help surgeons, nurses and other staff understand how to best serve the patient, but also understand the status of rooms. LiveData is one of the companies that has developed to fill this newer need. “(Before software was created), very qualified, caring people managed the flow, essentially by having good heads on their shoulders and staying on top of everything mentally to organize the flow in a good way,” Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of LiveData, said. “Believe me; that’s still primarily true in all aspects of healthcare. It’s still, ultimately, the caregivers who define, to a large extent, the quality.”
Their goal is to remove the grease board and hand written notes in the OR with consistent and reliable software so less human error is made, he explained. This is all done on one screen in all stages of care, including before, during and after the operation...
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