Unlocking Your ORs' Potential: Data-Driven Strategies for Maximizing Efficiency and Easing Staff Challenges to Achieve 6% Increase in Block Utilization
Date & Time
Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 1:05 PM - 2:05 PM
Timothy Fitzgerald, MHA, FACHE Jay D. Hamm RN, BSN, FACHE Karen Tisdale, MHA, RRT

Hospitals and healthcare systems today are facing a set of unprecedented challenges, such as staffing shortages and increasing demand for treatment, with fewer resources available. Perioperative leaders are struggling to balance available resources like staffing and equipment with the demand for additional operating room (OR) time. Furthermore, low block utilization, lack of visibility into open OR time, and mistrust in operational data are compounding challenges and making it difficult to achieve strategic initiatives.

To unlock the full potential of operating rooms, transform perioperative operations, and achieve sustainable results, organizations are increasingly leveraging the power of predictive and prescriptive analytics to access real-time data and make better-informed operational decisions. Lexington Medical Center's Vice President of Operations, Assistant Vice President of Perioperative Service, and Manager of Performance Analytics have embarked on a journey to address universal perioperative operational challenges. By adopting data-driven strategies, they have been able to break through historical barriers of low block utilization and lack of open OR time and to notably do more, with less. 

In this discussion, the team will share their journey and insights on how they achieved impressive results, such as optimizing staffing and increasing OR utilization through surgeon engagement and collaboration. Join us to learn about Lexington Medical Center’s journey to date, and where they are headed next.  Here are just a few of their early achievements: 

  • 4% increase in prime time utilization
  • 6% increase in block utilization
  • 8% increase in robot utilization
  • 210% increase in released minutes
  • 8% decrease in entire blocks unused 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the challenges that present when perioperative leaders lack access to visible, credible data during the operation decision-making process.  
  2. Understand the value of adopting a culture of data-driven decision making in the perioperative setting.  
  3. Discover how Lexington Medical Center is leveraging predictive and prescriptive analytics to reduce staffing challenge.
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