Operating room case volume boostedAccording to a recent survey conducted by Surgical Information Systems, one of the leaders in perioperative information systems, operating room caseloads and costs will continue to increase over the next three years.

The increase in caseloads and costs has been caused by the increase in both inpatient and outpatient procedures.

The poll surveyed 142 hospital officials, including CEOs, COOs, and CFOs, discovering that almost half of the respondents reported that their operating room case volume has increased in the past 12 months while 73 percent believe their OR case volume will increase over the next three years.

"The OR is the financial engine of any hospital and if it is not running efficiently, it impacts the entire organization," said John Antes, president of Barnes Jewish Progress West Healthcare Center.  "Investing in perioperative technology that improves efficiencies, supports cost reduction efforts, and promotes patient safety is imperative for the success of the OR and the hospital."

The survey also found that 39 percent of the respondents said they see their inpatient OR case volume increasing in the next three years and 91 percent of outpatient operating room case volumes growing during the same period.

"Clearly, hospital executives are looking to perioperative software to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the OR," said Ed Daihl, SIS chief executive officer. "They see Perioperative IT as having tremendous potential to control costs while delivering efficiencies to help address the demands of rising surgical volumes. An important consideration of perioperative IT success is for these systems to easily integrate with the core electronic health record and hospital information systems."

According to the result, hospital decision-makers believe that delivering cost savings can be achieved by more closely managing overall workflow, cutting spending on supply and reducing overtime.

Most of those surveyed believe that the information technology solutions that are available in the operating rooms are strategic motivators toward success in the hospital supply chain. Ninety-six percent agreed that information technology assists in recruiting great doctors and nurses.

According to HealthLeadersMedia, the healthcare supply chain's technology is beginning to provide vital feedback, which could possibly assist doctors in better managing their equipment. The technologies and products are now being analyzed as much as any time before.
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