Archive December 2018 XIX, No. 12

The Path to OR Integration

5 tips on making an efficient and effective transition.

Kelly Aldrich

Kelly Aldrich, DNP, MS, RN-BC


THE FULL PICTURE Surgeons have access to images, video, patient information and more all at once in an integrated OR.

You use the word "integration," but I use the word "interoperability" to describe the ability to safely, securely and effectively exchange and use information among one or more devices, products or systems in the OR. With telecommunications, electronic medical records, video conferencing, voice activation, patient information and doctor preferences all on a one-touch console, integrating that data in the OR seems like a no-brainer.

The ability to share information across systems and platforms is the backbone of integrated ORs. An integrated OR means something different to everyone, but its goals are to reduce the burdens on the clinical team and to eliminate useless technology that doesn't support the workflow. Take an electronic board mounted above the whiteboard, for example. They both display the same information about the day's schedule. But if no one looks at the electronic boards, get rid of them.

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