The case for using computers in the operating room

M. J. Ball, A. Warnock-Matherson, K. J. Hannah, J. V. Douglas

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The largest cost center and revenue generator in most hospitals, the operating room is subject to demands for increased cost accountability and quality assurance. Information technology tools can be incorporated into the operating room and have the potential to positively affect practices there through addressing nursing, administrative/financial and medical needs. Microcomputer-based operating room systems now on the market can provide functions from scheduling and case costing to medical records and market analysis. Of 21 functions identified, 10 can be characterized as mandatory and the remaining as optional. Individual systems offer varied configurations, providing from 0 to 21 functions. These enhanced capabilities for data collection, monitoring and analysis enable health care professionals to provide both better and more cost-effective care for surgical patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-847
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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