Posts tagged Efficiency
11% of Kaiser Hip and Knee Replacement Patients Have No Hospital Stay

A recent Harvard Business Review article explores the approach Kaiser Permanente is taking to speed the healing of their hip replacement patients. After studying their process, Kaiser concluded that half their patients could go home safely the same day of their surgery, if and only if, the entire care team followed a set of carefully coordinated procedures. Many of these procedures would have to take place outside of the hospital setting.

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DOOR-based schedules are taking safety and outcomes to new heights

Are there currently rooms within your OR that are not being filled on a daily basis? Or maybe there are too many after-hours cases occurring due to add-on cases? If you answered yes to either of those questions above, then OR management should consider the use of dedicated orthopedic operating rooms (DOORs). These rooms are defined as a daily, daytime, un-booked operating room that is staffed with experienced personnel. Compared to an idle room or even after-hour cases, these specific rooms offer improvements to many aspects of the OR.

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Analytics Guide Surgeons to Improve

When it comes to driving doctor efficiency,the age-old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words”, has become the fundamental management strategy for one New York based medical group.Westmed Medical Group CEO Simeon Schwartz states “we do not tell doctors what to do – we show them what they are doing” and they do this through the use of data analytics. We think the $285 million in annual revenue, and physician growth from 16 to 250 since 1996, suggests this approach may be working quite well.

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Big Data for the OR?

As hospitals continue to develop technology geared toward leveraging the big data push in healthcare, a new multidisciplinary approach has emerged with an emphasis on statistics and scientific thinking. Consequently, statisticians with the ability to synthesize data sets with day-to-day healthcare operations are becoming more prevalent in the industry. If your hospital or OR department is still in the initial stages of this “golden era for statistics”, it might be time to determine how to survive in a data-centric industry.

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