For most hospitals and health systems, operating rooms are their economic engine. However, OR utilization is often constrained by:
- Inefficient processes (e.g. block allocation, creating and finding open time)
- Deep-rooted cultures and a “scarcity mindset”
- An emphasis on metrics that don’t have a significant impact on OR utilization (on time starts, turnover times, block utilization)
- A lack of tools that go beyond the standard capabilities EHRs can provide to increase access, accountability and transparency.
It is frustrating for hospital leaders to base very expensive decisions on anecdotal or inaccurate OR utilization information. For example: do you really need to build a new OR? Do you need to add an additional robot? It is also stressful to have difficult conversations with surgeons about block utilization, particularly when the surgeons have options to take their cases elsewhere. These issues continue to persist, despite best efforts around performance improvement.
So how can hospitals move past these constraints and efficiently make better decisions?
Join Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville’s President, and Baptist Health’s Principal Consultant for Operational Performance Improvement, to hear about their journey toward perioperative operational excellence. Learn how the health system is breaking through these historical barriers by adopting predictive and prescriptive analytics tools that have improved data transparency and decision making and have filled valuable time during the day that had previously gone unused, particularly during the unpredictable waves of the pandemic. During this presentation, the speakers will:
- Explain why, even after a significant EHR investment, hospitals still need to invest in data management systems, particularly for the operating room.
- Describe the benefits of adopting a culture of data transparency in perioperative analytics.
- Discover how Baptist Health’s adoption of predictive and prescriptive operational analytics increased OR prime time utilization by 16% and the number of case minutes completed during prime time by 9% (despite COVID-19 impact on volume) across the health system. Additionally, it increased robot utilization by 45% at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville’s Main OR.