Novel, web-based, information-exploration approach for improving operating room logistics and system processes

Paul G. Nagy, Ramon Konewko, Max Warnock, Wendy Bernstein, Jacob Seagull, Yan Xiao, Ivan George, Adrian Park

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Abstract

Routine clinical information systems now have the ability to gather large amounts of data that surgical managers can access to create a seamless and proactive approach to streamlining operations and minimizing delays. The challenge lies in aggregating and displaying these data in an easily accessible format that provides useful, timely information on current operations. A Web-based, graphical dashboard is described in this study, which can be used to interpret clinical operational data, allow managers to see trends in data, and help identify inefficiencies that were not apparent with more traditional, paper-based approaches. The dashboard provides a visual decision support tool that assists managers in pinpointing areas for continuous quality improvement. The limitations of paper-based techniques, the development of the automated display system, and key performance indicators in analyzing aggregate delays, time, specialties, and teamwork are reviewed. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats associated with implementing such a program in the perioperative environment are summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
JournalSurgical Innovation
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Business intelligence
  • Graphical dashboarding
  • Information visualization
  • Quality
  • Scorecarding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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