The operating theatre and its associated units are a major source of hospital costs, underscoring the need for efficient use of resources and clinical staff. However, hospitals struggle to maintain optimal theatre utilisation rates due to the unpredictable nature of the perioperative environment and patient flow. Every day, theatre managers face logistical challenges, including late case starts, delays, add-on cases, cancellations and other unanticipated events that make it difficult to align clinician and patient schedules with available operating rooms and resources. These workflow blockages cause waiting lists to accumulate and challenge hospitals to meet targets.
"Business intelligence and clinical analytics are among healthcare's next major challenges. Dashboards that highlight important here and now indicators relevant to front line clinical champions and service line managers allow hospitals to gain more value from transactional systems by understanding process breakdowns and acting more quickly to address them," notes Vi Shaffer, vice president, Gartner, Inc.
Picis Perioperative Dashboard equips administrators and clinicians with intelligent, actionable and timely information to anticipate and manage the day-to-day activities of the operating theatre. An easy-to-read web page display with gauges, bar graphs, and other visual indicators highlights issues that will impact daily activities. This enables theatre managers to anticipate repercussions of problems as they arise, and more easily respond to delays and bottlenecks, helping to increase theatre utilisation rates and keep procedures on schedule. The customisable dashboard can be displayed on users' PCs, flat screens around the theatre and other displays, improving communication by providing the entire perioperative department with real-time metrics on the quality and efficiency aspects of these key care areas, while fitting into a hospitals enterprise strategy for business intelligence.
The European release of Picis Perioperative Dashboard includes a library of 17 indicators that were developed with input from a panel of nursing directors, anaesthesiologists, theatre managers, surgeons and IT professionals. In addition, five fully customisable indicators allow hospitals to construct indicators that meet the specific needs of their department or role. Picis Perioperative Dashboard is available for hospitals using the Picis Total Perioperative Automation solution Theatre Manager, SmarTrack, Preop Manager, Anesthesia Manager and PACU Manager. Benefits of Picis Perioperative Dashboard include efficiency gains in the following areas:
"Hospitals in Europe are becoming more concerned with deriving maximum efficiency from their theatre facilities, especially in light of the pressure that is now being put on resources. Managing the moving parts of the perioperative department is like air-traffic control keeping surgeons, nurses, anaesthesiologists and administrators up-to-date with theatre status is a real challenge and Picis Perioperative Dashboard addresses these issues," said Marianne Slight, senior director, Analytics and Decision Support Products, Picis. "This tool can play a significant role in helping hospitals improve on the issues that are most critical for them - efficiency, patient care, quality improvement and patient and clinician satisfaction."
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