What does the future hold for the healthcare industry with regards to OR integration? Several industry experts answer that question (and many others) in
this roundtable-style interview with Surgical Products.
SP: What are some of the expected benefits of
OR integration that convince hospital facilities to
invest the time, effort, and capital to embrace it?
Andy Larg, Director of Marketing, NDS Surgical Imaging: Procedural
efficiencies, better patient outcomes, and profitability are key to any hospital’s
long-term success. OR integration brings an array of critical and state-of-the-art imaging equipment together in a streamlined fashion. This creates
a very powerful visual toolset for the surgical team. A variety of images can
be sourced instantly, such as endoscopic video, intravascular ultrasound,
patient vitals, and comparative data. Surgeons can access PACS servers, and
be connected to other surgeons for consultation purposes. Making informed
decisions faster will help shorten procedure times, improve OR turnarounds,
increase the success rates of surgeries, and allow the facility to generate more
revenue per OR.
Devon Bream, MPH, FACHE, Vice President, Global Medical Sales &
Marketing, Black Diamond Video: Operating theaters have become more
complex, whether that’s due to more complex procedures or whether that’s
due to the amount of equipment in the rooms. Therefore, integration brings
all of the different types of equipment together to work – not so much having
the equipment talk to each other. I think that was a big fallacy when this mar-
ket segment began 10 years ago. I don’t think that’s the core of what integra-
tion is anymore and why there’s continued investment in it. It’s more about
how you make all these disparate pieces of equipment work together to really
allow the clinicians to do these more complicated procedures or utilize more
Michael K. Smith, Sales Director, OR Integration, FSN Medical
Technologies: Management of the increasing number of video signals
may be one of the leading benefits from video integration. If you have
as many as four video signals being generated in the OR in a conventional situation, you would have to utilize four displays. With the proper implementation of a video integration system, you could decrease
the number of displays down to two and still be able to run an effective
OR. Safety is another one of the leading benefits of video integration.
Less cords on the floor means less trip and fall injuries in the OR.
Current standards in hospitals across the country is the adoption of
SP: Why is it so important for hospitals to evaluate
if OR integration is right for them?