February 2014 - LiveData President & CEO Jeff Robbins joins four executives from companies offering perioperative workflow management solutions talking with Healthcare Purchasing News about what makes an OR tick.
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OR workflow optimization carves out order from chaos
Spend any amount of time behind the scenes in the perioperative suite, and you’ll likely find yourself amidst a whirling dervish of activity and chaos. You might even begin to wonder how surgical cases are ever successfully completed with all of the starts, stops and delays that happen during the course of the day, whether awaiting surgeons, supplies, test results or even patients. Indeed, the complexity of the OR is matched only by the variety of cases and surgical techniques performed.
"The challenges lie in the extreme degree of variability in workflow practices, surgical techniques, equipment used, not to mention physical space constraints. Ineffective coordination of these physical and staffing resources with patient clinical and logistical workflow causes bottlenecks, delays, and inefficiencies. What exacerbates these challenges is that most hospitals use manual workflow processes and communication methods (whiteboards, pagers, and individual staff observations) to make decisions that can adversely impact operational efficiency and patient safety in attempts to impact perioperative performance."– Jeff Robbins, CEO, LiveData, Inc