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Survey: Hospital Executives Nationwide Facing Operating Room Case Volume Increases, Seeking Greater Efficiency through Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)
Date:8/2/2012

ATLANTA, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Information Systems ('SIS'), a leader in perioperative information systems, today released results of a nationwide survey of hospital executives who make decisions regarding information systems and other capital equipment in hospitals. The survey, conducted by an independent national polling organization, indicated that operating room (OR) caseloads and costs will continue to rise over the next three years, driven by growth in both inpatient and outpatient procedures. Drivers for implementing perioperative information technology (IT) include facilitating improvements in OR efficiency, the quality of patient care, and the reduction of documentation errors.

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The survey of 142 hospital decision-makers, including chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, chief information officers, chief nursing officers, chief medical information officers, and other senior executives, found the following:

  • Half (49%) report that their OR case volume has increased in the past 12 months, while nearly three-quarters (73%) see their OR case volume increasing over the next three years.
  • While 39% see their inpatient OR case volume growing in the next three years, 91% see their outpatient OR case volume growing during that same period.
  • At the same time, these hospital decision-makers believe that increasing OR efficiency and throughput (73%), more closely managing overall workflow (57%), cutting spending on supplies (52%), and reducing overtime (35%) are all strategies that can reduce hospital costs. 

Hospital decision-makers agree by a significant majority (79%) that "Information technology solutions are a strategic driver of success in the operati
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