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Improving workflows reduces delays in surgeries

By 28/07/2022August 9th, 2022No Comments

One of the main improvements in achieving surgical efficiency is eliminating surgery delays as much as possible. Although it is true that unforeseen circumstances may occur, such as patients who do not show up at the scheduled time or operations that take longer, there is one factor that can be controlled: the coordination of the healthcare staff. According to some studies, one of the leading causes of late starts is inefficient workflows. Administrative tasks, the traditional search for patients, the lack of tools that allow direct and rapid communication between the different professionals in the surgical block, and the impossibility of knowing in real time what is happening in each operating theatre make optimal workflow management very difficult.

Orchestration and automation of Surgical Block processes to improve workflows

To address these delays, RTLS technology for localization and traceability is possible. However, while this is a useful tool, more comprehensive solutions are needed to enable much more long-term improvement. It is useful to know the status and location of the patient, but it is much more effective than through these locations and statuses there is automatic coordination of tasks that keeps all the professionals involved in the process fully informed.

Even going a step further, obtaining real-time surgical scheduling allows surgical suite managers to anticipate delays and extensions, organizing available resources in the most efficient way.

Moreover, to improve waiting times, it is vital that healthcare organizations first and foremost know how to identify which tasks or actions cause bottlenecks in the data flow. And for this, it is essential to have data.

ORvital offers all these tools, becoming an integral solution for the Surgical Block

  • Traceability as a tool: Through our Bluetooth bracelets, we locate patients inside the hospital.
  • Process orchestrator: Patients change their status in the process through certain actions or their own movements. We create automatic tasks when certain events happen.
  • Data analysis: We have our own analysis platform to make data available to you quickly, easily and in real-time. It includes graphs designed for the specific needs of a hospital, making it easy to check the performance of processes and compare them with other periods to look for improvements.
  • Surgical Scheduler: We have designed an algorithm together with experienced professionals in the sector to automate surgical scheduling based on the different restrictions and priorities of each intervention. The main objective is to reduce the burden of administrative tasks involved in this process.

📍ORvital success story – Hospital Vall d’Hebron