Frequently Asked Questions
Which data do you capture?
We capture 50+ data points per surgery and generate our own dataset on process and procedure, ergonomics, and financial performance. No access to patient data or hospital records is needed, ensuring that patient privacy and hospital compliance regulations are respected. We gather comprehensive insights on process efficiency from the setup to the breakdown of the operating room, who is involved in which steps of the surgical procedure, and what materials are used. Data generation also includes detailed information on ergonomics, e.g., tracking movements and postures, how often they happen, and for how long.
How do you make sure data is recorded safely?
One of our medical engineers will either record the data on-site or remotely. Data is anonymized and securely transferred to a protected database.
What can we do with the data?
After data collection, we create easy-to-understand dashboards to make the current insights on ergonomics, process efficiency, and financial performance more tangible while identifying improvement opportunities for efficiency gains. Based on these insights, we create a change roadmap with improvement opportunities and a business case, simulating the impact of change and financial return on investment.
Our only priority is quality of care
To maintain optimal patient care and experience is at the center of any efficiency project. Improving the workflow, processes in the operating room, and staff ergonomics help ensure a less tired team, swifter surgical procedure, and potentially better outcomes—all for the benefit of the patient. Other possible outcomes include reduced anesthesia time, shorter length of stay, increased operating room throughput, and consequently reduced waiting times and improved quality of care.
I don’t think we have the time required to invest in this
We have your back; your time effort can be reduced to the minimum for the initiation of an operating room efficiency project—that applies to both management and surgical teams. Our medical engineers will handle the data capturing in your operating room. This can happen on-site at the hospital or remotely.
I’m worried about patient and employee privacy
We acknowledge that patient data is very sensitive. Therefore, we don’t record any patient health information. DEO engineers will adhere to required hospital protocol for surgery attendance. The only case details we record are the lead surgeon’s name and the hospital. No other names from the surgical team are recorded. Additionally, we obfuscate the surgery time to avoid a link between the OR schedule and consequently the patient.
What does it cost?
We believe in partnering with our customers. DEO has several payment models ranging from fixed cost to value sharing. Price should never be the issue since we guarantee a positive return on investment. Let’s discuss.
I don’t have someone to put in charge of this project
Don’t worry. We can assist and even be in the lead for the work required for the change management process and implementation phase. Still, we recommend a single point of contact at the hospital to facilitate communication between the hospital and DEO.
What will hospitals and surgical teams get out of this?
The main goal is to make processes simpler and reduce the strain on medical teams through standardization, better workflows, and ergonomics. We will only recommend improvements that help to achieve this. Surgical teams will experience reduced mental and physical fatigue and generally improved well-being. Hospitals also benefit from efficiency gains in the operating room, experiencing a better financial performance. Contact us, and we can provide you with insights on the value for your situation or hospital.
Does this work for single and multiple operating rooms?
Yes, it does. We’ve developed this solution with surgeons in both single and flipping operating rooms.
Does this work with all surgical specialties?
The Operating Room Efficiency Platform stems from Direct Anterior Hip Replacement but is now used for other joint replacement procedures and a range of other surgical specialties.