Being able to control advanced equipment
and technology has never been more important
to the healthcare industry than it is today. The
same can be said for hospital personnel’s ability
to enter and process information from various
systems. Integration brings various pieces of critical procedural information tableside. It allows
them to quickly and effectively evaluate data from
multiple sources and make informed decisions.
Tying all of the aforementioned equipment and
systems together also helps hospitals deal with
unwanted complexity and challenges.
However, it is in the display of video and images
that OR integration really provides value.
“That’s often a focal point for the effective
integrated OR,” says Crocker.
The key word is “effective.” Configured to
their maximum potential, integrated ORs allow for
real-time IP video conferencing and network connectivity for devices that are capable of interfacing
with picture archiving and communication systems
(PACS) or electronic medical records (EMR).
They also allow for the capability of displaying
multiple inputs on a single ultra- high-definition
medical grade display.
“The increasing prevalence of eight-megapix-el displays in the hybrid OR environment is
leading the charge to an improved way of viewing
information during the surgical procedure,” says
“These developments are bringing the vi-
sion of the movie Minority Report into reality,”
However, OR integration isn’t without
its challenges. Staff training and support are
critical to ensuring the effectiveness of the
integrated OR. Also, ease of use and system
maintenance must be key considerations.
Without them, the long-term viability of
integration services is very much in question.
Redundancy and auto-recovery features are
also essential to ensure constant availability
during a procedure.
Lastly, picking the right vendor can sometimes
make all the difference between the development
of a successfully integrated OR and one that falls
short of expectations in terms of performance,
flexibility, and return on investment.
“It is essential to evaluate integration vendors on their service and support reputation
in addition to the features and benefits of the
individual products,” says Evans.
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Training and support are essential
in minimizing cognitive burden for
the staff as they
to the functionality
of the integrated OR. It is essential to evaluate vendors on their
service and support reputation in
addition to the features and benefits of the individual products.