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Using Technology to Increase Surgical Efficiency
An internet search of “increasing surgical efficiency” produces a plethora of articles and scholarly publications all recommending different ways to achieve this simple goal. Some recommend applying existing efficiency methodologies, like lean six sigma methodology, to increase productivity. Others recommend redesigning the processes that occur between procedures. Some research recommends constructing new or specialized areas […]
Mock Operating Rooms: The Real-life Blueprint that Every New Operating Room Project Needs
The old adage “Time is money” is especially true when it comes to construction projects. From skyscrapers to home improvement projects, any set back can start a chain reaction of delays. And every delay costs time, which means they can also be very expensive. The same is true for integrated operating room projects; Regardless of […]
How Digitalization Both Helps and Hinders Patient Communication
The most precious resource in the course of medical treatment is the doctor’s time. This resource, however, is becoming increasingly scarce due to the influx of amounts of data and the increasing effort required to document cases. This focus on data and documentation leaves less and less room for the empathic communication with the patient. […]
How to Ensure You Get the Most out of Your O.R. Technology
When a hospital builds a digitally integrated operating room, the potential to improve treatments and outcomes for patients through technology is enormous. That potential, however, can only be used to its fullest if all team members are fully trained and comfortable using these devices and software. So how do you ensure that your O.R. team […]
Top 5 Things to Consider Before Integrating Your Operating Rooms
You know the scenario: Your department was given the green light to pursue a new technology or room enhancement, you’ve spent countless resources planning and thousands of dollars (maybe even gone over-budget) getting the implementation just right. Then it goes live, doesn’t meet expectations, and people are looking for someone to blame. O.R. integration can […]
“Hospital Engineering Trends”: Highlights and Takeaways
With digitalization becoming one of the megatrends worldwide in every industry, this shift from analog to digital has also started to take hold in the operating room environment. There has been a lot of conversation in the healthcare sector recently about how daily routines, workspaces, and even hospitals themselves will change in the years to […]
Saving Time, Money and the Sanity of your Healthcare IT Team with Virtualization
As medical technology has been advancing at a rapid pace, Healthcare IT (HIT) has faced an increasingly growing demand for integration of computers hosting medical software. While this also introduces a regulatory aspect that I will analyze in a future post, I want to focus here on the integration of medical software and its impact […]
Hybrid O.R., Integrated O.R., Digital O.R.: The Differences (and Similarities)
It seems that nowadays there are hundreds of buzz words to describe technologically advanced operating rooms but very few solid answers about what they all mean. Just talking about how we were going to write this post lead to a number of heated discussions within our team about the right way to define these terms!
Welcome to our Digital O.R. Blog!
Since we started building integrated operating rooms 20 years ago, we have worked together with over a thousand hospitals across the globe with diverse O.R. setups and challenges. Closely collaborating with many different departments, from surgery to IT to hospital administration, we have discovered many tips, tricks, techniques and trade-secrets along our Digital O.R. journey. […]