Patient outcome at the core

Managing patient outcome and flow is one of the industry’s top priorities. Addressing the issues that surround this topic also support initiatives to improve efficiency and reduce costs. As a subject that affects the entire healthcare chain, it is essential for all organisations and departments to collaborate, share assessments and interventions and deliver effective and responsive patient care. In essence the industry needs to all be on the same page.

It is no secret that the medical sector relies heavily on humans for skill, accuracy and emotion to address patient outcome. The personnel involved are ultimately responsible for the quality of patient safety and the efficiency of procedures and processes.

However, in recent years there have been an increasing number of technological tools that have been introduced to the market. Many of the technology advances have focused on analytics and I am told, by AHS that there is something that can understand the acuity of patients, significantly improve patient outcomes and reduce surgical variability.

No, not a magician but a medical marvel that comes in the form of a data driven integration and performance management tool. The system itself is essentially a piece of intelligent software that captures the full-spectrum of surgical data from inside the OR. It then centralises this data over a single IP network infrastructure. This level of data and analytics is said to optimise workflow, reduce error and increase surgical quality.

Dispelling my suspicions on the viability of this, Russell explained: “AHS has been fortunate enough to team up with CareSyntax – the architects of the state-of-the-art OR integration and analytics platform. The interface is more intuitive than any other comparable system. We believe that it truly will raise the surgical performance bar through the empowerment of clinicians – equipping them with high level analytics that enables them to identify abnormalities from set process and outcome standards, address workflow efficiency bottlenecks and detect key factors that contribute to variability. “The CareSyntax system is already being used around the world in over 6,000 ORs. These sites are reducing procedure times and surgical risk, which is absolutely critical. The most recent figures show that a staggering one in every seven patients experience surgical complications, which can lead to readmission.

Not only is this disruptive for the patient but also costly. Being able to document surgery in real time, capture and display procedures and have a 360degree view of the full surgical workflow is a huge leap towards achieving inclusive patient outcome management.

“As an industry, we have a duty of care to ensuring patient standards are high. We must work towards always providing, safe, clinically effective and reliable care.”

It is clear that AHS has an exceptional level of understanding of exactly what the industry needs and is driven to only offering product solutions that will genuinely benefit the sector.

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