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Push Not Pull: Using Data Science to Improve OR Operations

May 7, 2018

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While virtually every hospital has implemented a version of an electronic health record (EHR) that tracks the patient journey, most hospital administrators still use the tool in a “pull” manner; they start with something in mind and then look for the data. This causes problems when people aren’t clear on what to look for or get lost in reams of data available to them. Health systems equipped with trend and anomaly detection powered by predictive analytics, machine learning and mobile technologies can transform “pull” into “push” and reclaim underutilized operating room time. Not only does pushing data create better efficiency, it leads to enhanced communication and improved operations overall.

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