In 2017, Vall d’Hebron Hospital detected the need to increase its surgical capacity to control the growth of the waiting list and meet the maximum waiting times for patient operations. From this need arose our collaboration to apply our location and traceability technology to the Surgical Block. Both teams worked actively to adapt the MYSPHERA solution and evolve it into the current solution, ORvital.
It is precisely this collaboration and its results that have become a case study published by The Royal College of Physicians, an institution founded by King Henry VIII in 1518, which for five centuries has championed public health, health reforms, and advances, and provided an immeasurable body of medical literature.
The case study published through its online Future Health Journal is entitled Future Health Journal ‘Surgical block 4.0: a digital intervention based on a real-time location patient-flow solution to support the automation of surgical pathways’.
This study paper was written by Jordi Rovira-Simón, Marc Sales-i-Coll, Patricia Pozo-Rosich, Juan Antonio Hueto-Madrid, Raquel Cánovas Paradell, Anna Ochoa de Echagüen Aguilar, Marta Carbonell-Cobo, Rodolfo de Castro and Genevieve Shaw.
It breaks down the evolution of traceability and location technology, the needs of the health center that led it to seek solutions through technology, and why the platform offered by MYSPHERA became the best choice.
A journey that covers the joint work carried out by the hospital and our team designing a solution adapted to all its requirements, the implementation of the system, and, of course, its results throughout 2018 and 2019.
Results are not only obtained through positive feedback not only from those involved in the process but also from professionals and patients. But, undoubtedly, the results that are most striking are the following figures:
- Since 2018 the operating theatres have increased their occupancy by more than 12%, i.e. it is as if they had been in operation for 13 months if we compare it with previous periods.
- The average start time of 19 operating theatres has been reduced by 35 minutes.
- Compared to 2017, unplanned extensions have been reduced by more than 50%.
- The occupancy rate of PACU beds in 2017 vs. 2019
- The average time of manual annotation in SAP of surgical times is 5′. The average of 35 interventions/day is 3h / day. With ORvital it is an automatic task.