With only three months to go until our first year of living with the pandemic, hospitals continue to be our main defence against the COVID-19. The virus has put all the centres in trouble, not only in the country but also in the world, leading them to maximize the security and containment protocols.
A challenge that has resulted in many pathologies not being adequately treated since, on the one hand, hospitals have had to cancel or postpone non-urgent operations. And, on the other hand, the mandates of the authorities to ‘stay at home’ and avoid saturation of the hospitals as much as possible have meant that many patients have decided not to attend despite their illness.
However, this situation, which initially started as a vital need, as the pandemic has progressed, has led to mistrust on the part of the population. Many people, especially those at risk, are very reluctant and continue to delay certain procedures.
This is a very dangerous situation, because although hospitals are the main shield against the pandemic, experience with the virus has helped our health workers to know how to protect themselves and their patients. In this way, anyone, whatever their condition, can be treated with complete safety and confidence.
From MYSPHERA we support and continue to provide hospitals with solutions that allow them to take these precautions to the extreme and, in addition, to optimise the processes and achieve much more efficient and protected care. Our ORVital system is the result of years of experience working alongside professionals in the sector and first-hand knowledge of the needs of both healthcare professionals and patients. Needs that are even more notable with the pandemic.
ORVital combines three technologies that are capable of making visible, restructuring and optimising the main hospital processes: Surgical Programmer, Process Orchestrator and Virtual Waiting Room.
◆ Surgical Programmer
One of the main obstacles to normalising the situation within hospitals is waiting lists. These lists were already extensive before the pandemic, but with the cancellations they have reached scandalously high figures. In order to reduce them, it is vital to maximise the performance of the surgical block through a process that currently requires a great deal of effort and work by health professionals: surgical scheduling. The technology developed by MYSPHERA, in collaboration with the Virgen del Rocío Hospital and the University of Seville, makes it possible to minimise this task and even to automate certain procedures based on the parameters considered by the hospital (patient list, operating theatres, maximum waiting times, available surgeons, etc.).
◆ Process Orchestrator
Through this technology it is possible to make processes visible and manage them in the most efficient way for professionals, either by providing them with tools and information or even by performing tasks automatically. Some of its most outstanding features are:
✔ Real-time control of planning: Surgical schedule display vs. execution. It offers real time information on the fulfilment of the surgical schedule, so that a manager can take the necessary measures to reorganise the work in real time in order to make the most of the available resources.
✔ Daily patient control: Facilitates administrative tasks and access to patient information related to the process: It allows for greater control of patient flow, so that waiting times for the process can be reduced and allows for easier coordination with the flow of patients, so that personnel such as supervisors and nurses at URPA can have more time available for patient care.
✔ Operational control in the operating theatre: It facilitates operational tasks and coordination with other areas within the operating theatre so that the staff working there, mainly nurses and nursing assistants, reduce the time needed to carry out these tasks and increase their availability of care time.
✔ Search for patients: It facilitates access to patient information so that the block managers can find out details of the process they have gone through.
✔ Centralised management of URPA beds: Enables optimum management of preparation and recovery beds to avoid being a bottleneck in the process, as well as guaranteeing the clinical safety of the patient.
✔ Patient transfers: Facilitates the coordination of patient transfers in the surgical process, making the coordination of the different actors (URPA nurses, operating room nurses, outpatients and warders) more efficient while reducing the noise level in the surgical block.
✔ Support for warders at the URPA and in the operating theatre: It facilitates communication between URPA and operating theatre personnel and warders, in order to efficiently coordinate the support tasks carried out by warders for the URPA and operating theatre areas.
✔ Operating room cleaning: Facilitates communication between operating room and cleaning staff, in order to efficiently coordinate the cleaning tasks in the operating room, and thus reduce the preparation time between operations.
✔ Operating room energy control: Offers the ability to automatically switch between low and high consumption modes depending on the activity detected in the operating room in real time, with the aim of saving energy costs (of a magnitude of 100K ?) with the consequent benefit to the environment.
◆ Virtual Waiting Room
Without a doubt, the most delicate moment for relatives is when they see their loved one leaving for an operation. Not knowing their condition, whether they have already undergone surgery, whether there have been any delays,… can generate great unease. This need for information also generates a certain amount of chaos in the waiting room. MYSPHERA’s Virtual Waiting Room provides peace of mind and, most importantly, updated information on each patient. By means of information panels and an app aimed at relatives, it is possible to know in real time the status of your relative, as well as communications and notifications from healthcare professionals.
And to complete the safety and protection of patients, ORVital can be combined with ATLAS technology. A control system for nosocomial outbreaks whose objective is to protect both healthcare professionals and patients within hospital facilities.
How does ATLAS work?