Often overlooked as a key contributor to patient safety and revenue, the Surgery department has its own technological challenges that require research and creativity to overcome.
1. Specialized information systems for Surgery
The unique needs of the perioperative environment demand a specifically designed system. It should focus first on patient safety, such as decision support and reminders to ensure compliance with reported indicators, and it should offer efficiency, such as patient tracking and distributed knowledge.
Because enterprise hospital information systems (HIS) often lag in perioperative functionality, surgeons who seek best practices perioperative information management systems (PIMS).
2. Increasing patient safety
Perioperative systems have intrinsic design features to support safety. For example, decision support systems provide the clinician with time-based or process-based reminders to perform specific tasks. Such tasks might include ensuring complete documentation, or providing a complete preoperative time-out checklist or postoperative hand-off.
3. Increasing the accuracy and timeliness of your documentation
Surgical procedures are the greatest single center of cost and revenue for many hospitals. This is why it's critical to enhance the perioperative environment to decrease costs through improved efficiency and to increase revenue by improving the accuracy and timeliness of documentation.
Investment in an optimal Surgery system can help improve all these needs. By doing so, you'll ensure that you're creating efficiencies while streamlining care. Moreover, maximizing patient safety, decreasing costs and increasing patient revenue.