Health IT to drive success in ORs, say hospital execs
Health information technology is etching a name for itself in hospital operating rooms nationwide, according to a new survey’s findings published Thursday.
The survey, sanctioned by the Alpharetta, Ga.-based Surgical Information Systems (SIS) and conducted by the independent polling organization, Penn Shoen Berland, indicated that as operating room (OR) caseloads and costs continue to rise over the next three years, the majority of hospital executives are looking to health information technology to increase efficiency, manage workflow and drive successful outcomes in the OR.
The report noted that the health IT priorities of hospital executives include facilitating improvements in OR efficiency, the quality of patient care and the reduction of documentation errors.
The survey includes responses from 142 hospital decision-makers, including CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, CNOs, CMIOs and other senior executives.
OR case volume continues upward trend
More than 49 percent report that their OR case volume has increased over the past year, while nearly 73 percent anticipate their OR case volume increasing over the next three years.
While 39 percent see their inpatient OR case volume growing over the next three years, 91 percent see their outpatient OR case volume growing during that same period.
Solutions to the OR caseload crisis
At the same time, these hospital decision-makers believe that increasing OR efficiency and throughput (73 percent), more closely managing overall workflow (57 percent), cutting spending on supplies (52 percent), and reducing overtime (35 percent) are all strategies that can reduce hospital costs.
More than 79 percent of hospital decision-makers agree that information technology solutions are will effectuate success inside the OR.
An overwhelming 96 percent agree that IT is instrumental in recruiting outstanding doctors and nurses (57 percent say it is very important, while 39 percent say it is somewhat important).
The capabilities hospital senior executives look for in perioperative IT solutions
The top choices were scheduling at 20 percent, while 16 percent indicated that seamless integration between systems and departments was the priority; 12 percent surveyed are looking for information capabilities, including data storage, real-time data and EMRs.