January 1, 2013

A checkup for your OR’s value analysis process

By: OR Manager

How healthy is your value analysis process? A strong program for evaluating products and new technology is essential to the cost-effective management of resources. Characteristics of a good value analysis program are offered by Barbara Strain, MA, past president of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals. She is director of supply chain analytics for the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System in Charlottesville.

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[FREE WEBINAR] From Operating Rooms to Procedural Rooms: How WakeMed Created 10%+ More Capacity Without New Construction
Latest Issue of OR Manager
July 2024

Register now by completing the form below. Following the webinar, you will be able to take an evaluation and receive 1 CE.

In response to rising healthcare demands, hospitals seek to enhance service delivery without costly expansions. This presentation showcases WakeMed Health’s innovative approach to ensuring access and optimizing their capacity within their operating rooms and procedural rooms.

Dr. Charles Harr, CMO at WakeMed, will demonstrate the crucial role of physician and anesthesia leader involvement in optimizing both operating room and procedural area utilization. He will share insights on how they leveraged innovative capacity optimization technologies and transformation services in conjunction with their EHR systems, highlighting real-world benefits and cost savings achieved through these strategic improvements including:

  • 11% increase in prime-time case minutes across their operating rooms
  • 21% increase in prime-time case minutes within their procedural areas
  • Reaching an system high in proactively released block minutes, increasing 13.5% year-over-year

Learn how WakeMed’s approach minimized waste, maximized high-value resources, and led to significant operational efficiencies and financial gains. This session offers a blueprint for healthcare organizations seeking to optimize their most valuable resources in today’s challenging environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the role of physician and anesthesia leaders in implementing proactive access and capacity management strategies to optimize OR and procedural room utilization.
  • Evaluate the benefits of integrating capacity management technologies and services with existing EHR systems to enhance hospital operational efficiency.
  • Analyze how strategic improvements in capacity management can lead to substantial cost savings through minimized resource waste and maximized utilization of expensive equipment and procedural areas.


Charles D. Harr, MD, MBA
Rear Admiral, MC, SHCE (Ret.)
CMO / Executive Healthcare Strategist

Dr. Harr has more than 25 years of healthcare experience in commercial and military healthcare across various levels of care – including acute, ambulatory, sub-acute, behavioral and long-term – as well as payers. Dr. Harr is a savvy and dedicated healthcare executive committed to optimizing organizational performance, delivering leading-edge care, and generating exceptional, cost-effective results. He is an accomplished Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon with a reputation as a leading physician in the field of minimally invasive robotic techniques. He established an exceptional program ranked #2 in volume in the Mid-Atlantic Region and #18 in the United States. Dr. Harr is an avid proponent of advances in medicine and healthcare. He has led numerous initiatives and innovative solutions that consistently improve quality of care and patient outcomes. As the lead clinical physician and skilled educator, he employed state-of-the-art innovations in healthcare and evidence-based practices to provide general surgery residents with outstanding thoracic surgical training at a nationally ranked healthcare facility. He is known as a results-focused and resourceful visionary who advocates lifelong learning.

[Free Webinar] Understanding New Technologies for Oracle® Health’s Cerner-based Surgical Teams
Latest Issue of OR Manager
July 2024

Register now by completing the form below. Following the webinar, you will be able to take an evaluation and receive 1 CE.

In an era of rapid technological advancement, surgical teams must leverage cutting-edge tools and practices to enhance patient care and operational efficiency while navigating the challenges of electronic health records. This webinar explores essential technologies for modern Oracle Health Cerner-based surgical teams, focusing on Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions and cybersecurity measures in healthcare settings.

We’ll examine how cloud-based SaaS platforms optimize surgical capacity, increase case volume, and boost surgeon and staff satisfaction in resource-constrained environments. The webinar will cover critical aspects of successful surgical scheduling, including planning, team communication, patient safety, and data management. Given the sensitive nature of medical information, we’ll also address the latest cybersecurity threats facing healthcare institutions and provide an overview of best practices for protecting patient data and maintaining HIPAA compliance. Key topics will include secure data storage, encryption methods, and staff training for cybersecurity awareness.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and evaluate key technologies that dramatically increase the value delivered by Oracle Health Cerner by offloading key surgical workflows to a dedicated System of Engagement, focusing on the potential to increase case volumes, improve patient outcomes, and boost operational efficiency.
  2. Analyze how an advanced System of Engagement complements electronic health records (EHRs) to boost accessibility, efficiency, security, and patient safety in surgical settings.
  3. Recognize common cybersecurity threats in healthcare and implement effective strategies to protect patient data and maintain HIPAA compliance.


Michael Foster
Independent Healthcare IT Consultant
Mike Foster has worked in IT for 30 years and Healthcare IT for 20 years. His experience includes stints with multiple companies, including Perot Systems, Dell, NTT Data, and Tenet, as well as providing consulting for multiple companies in the healthcare space. Mike specializes in field service operations and has extensive knowledge of PACS/Radiology, EMR, and other specialty systems, including security systems, phones, and overall healthcare operations. Mike has completed large builds as an IT PM liaison, building a new 250,000-square-foot hospital and opening more than 40 physician clinics. Mike is well-versed in HIPAA. He is a FEMA HazMat Instructor and a CPI Certified Crisis Prevention Instructor. He is also a certified webmaster and holds an A+ CompTIA certification.

Matthew Churchill
Chief Operating Officer
Matt brings LiveData a combined clinical and healthcare sales background that focuses on delivering solutions to meet each customer’s needs and preferences. Matt began his career as a licensed physical therapist, earning his B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut. He then transitioned into a successful sales career in both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, winning several performance awards.

[Free Webinar] Series: Mastering OR Renovations and New Builds
Latest Issue of OR Manager
July 2024

Mastering OR Renovations and New Builds – Working with Your Team to Navigate Design Challenges and Achieve Superior Results

Preparing for an OR renovation or new build project? You may be asking yourself – where should I begin?

The OR Manager Construction-Renovation Webinar Series will serve as your blueprint to tackle the most daunting, but exciting projects in your career.  This webinar will answer some of your most pressing questions, including:

  • Who should be part of your project team and when should they be involved?
  • How do I make sure the design resolves my current issues?
  • How do you go about designing a new OR suite working within the square footage you have?
  • Do you need an infection control risk assessment?
  • How do I link in the AORN design and maintenance guidelines into my process?
  • What else do I need to know?

These are just some of the considerations to approaching an OR renovation or new build project. 

Join OR Manager in this 3-part complimentary webinar series as we explore real-world experiences and hear from professional experts to help you navigate your journey through design and beyond. Each session is approved for 1 CE contact hour.

  • Part 1 – Pre-Design and Schematic Design Planning PhaseThe focus will be on strategic planning, identifying project needs, ROI justification, due diligence, and team formation. In addition, we will explore the process for developing floor plans and translating the vision into a design concept. 
  • Part 2 – Detailed Design Development PhaseThe focus will be on the details and placement of specific items within each operating room – from medical equipment to furniture to information technology items to supplies. This phase will also detail the process improvement opportunity for front-line staff to become more involved on any pain points and workarounds.
  • Part 3 – Construction and Activation PhaseThe final session will explain your role during the construction phase and identify the required final activities prior to performing your first procedure. As a wrap up, details on the capital planning process will be shared along with best practices from the pre-design to construction phase linking in the AORN guidelines for design and maintenance of the surgical suite.

 Who should attend:

OR Managers, Directors, Executive Directors, C-Suite and other Perioperative Leadership.

Learning objectives: 

  • Recognize who should be part of your project team to give input on the design.
  • Understand the various phases of the design and construction process, your role in each, and how to maximize your opportunity for success.
  • Gain an understanding of the capital planning process and how the AORN guidelines for design and maintenance of the surgical suite should be linked into this process

Part 1 – Building the Blueprint: Where Do I Begin?
Thursday, March 28
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern

Join us for Part 1 of OR Manager’s Construction-Renovation webinar series as we delve into the foundational aspects of OR renovation and design planning starting with the pre-design and schematic design planning phase – Building the Blueprint: Where Do I Begin?

The pre-design and schematic design planning phase of an operating room renovation/construction project is critical for laying the groundwork for success. In this webinar, we will explore the strategic planning steps from establishing a comprehensive timeline, to ROI justification, to translating the vision into tangible design concepts. We will delve into the intricacies of crafting schematic designs with a specific focus on floor plans and room arrangements. Through case studies and best practices, attendees will gain insights into how to work with your design team in developing plans that meet the overarching vision of the project.


  • Understand the components of the pre-design and schematic design planning phase.
  • Gain knowledge on when to engage key stakeholders in the planning.
  • Understand the process that will allow you to translate the vision into a design concept.

Part 2 – Detailed Design Development Phase: It’s All in the Details – Optimizing Workflow and Staff Engagement





Wednesday, April 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern

Join us for Part 2 of OR Manager’s Construction-Renovation webinar series as we delve into the finer details of design plans to optimize efficiencies while engaging front line staff.

The detailed design development phase of operating room projects marks a pivotal stage where attention shifts to the precise placement of essential items, from medical equipment to furniture to information technology components and supplies. This webinar will explore the intricacies of orchestrating detailed design development in OR projects, emphasizing the importance of optimizing item placement to enhance workflow efficiency and patient care. Additionally, participants will discover how this phase presents an opportunity for frontline staff to actively engage in process improvement initiatives, identifying pain points and workarounds to streamline operations and elevate the quality of patient care.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the significance of detailed design development.
  • Discuss optimal equipment placement and workflow efficiency.
  • Empower frontline staff and engage them in the design process.

Part 3 – Construction and Activation Phase: Navigating Operating Room Construction and Renovation – From Blueprint to Reality




Thursday, April 25
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern

Join us for Part 3 of OR Manager’s Construction-Renovation webinar series as we embark on the final stage of your OR project.

The construction and activation phase of the operating room represents the culmination of meticulous planning and execution, where the vision transforms into tangible reality. In this final webinar, we will explore the intricacies of the construction and activation phase, focusing on the collaborative efforts between key stakeholders to bring the project to fruition. Participants will also gain insights into the detailed work that goes into obtaining capital approvals, creating comprehensive documents to guide construction activities and finalizing budgets. In addition, this webinar will examine best practices, lessons learned and provide take-home tools for anyone who’s about to embark on an OR construction/renovation project.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the role of comprehensive documentation in the construction journey.
  • Explore detailed capital approval strategies.
  • Examine best practices and key takeaways from the pre-design to construction phase.
  • Gain an understanding of how the AORN guidelines for design and maintenance of the surgical suite should be linked into this process. 

[Free Webinar] Data-Driven Strategies for Perioperative Excellence
Latest Issue of OR Manager
July 2024

Register now by completing the form below. Following the webinar you will be able to take an evaluation and receive 1 CE.

In the evolving realm of healthcare, perioperative leaders and nurses are dedicated to improving outcomes, streamlining operations, and achieving performance excellence. To navigate the growing pressure for efficiency, a profound grasp of analytics is crucial. This webinar, “Data-Driven Strategies for Perioperative Excellence,” combines powerful data insights with practical methodologies essential for realizing efficiency and performance enhancement goals in the perioperative domain.

This comprehensive session dissects key performance indicators (KPIs) within the operating room, addressing obstacles and revealing targeted strategies for success. Perioperative leaders face real-world challenges, and we provide tangible solutions, particularly in maximizing block utilization—an integral component of operational efficiency. Attendees will leave with the confidence to utilize data effectively, driving impactful change and elevating their perioperative practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Unlocking Opportunities Through Perioperative Data: Acquire the skills to navigate and interpret perioperative data, uncovering optimization opportunities to enhance patient care and operational effectiveness.
  • Fostering Trust and Collaboration Through Data: Learn how to bridge the gap between data analytics and actionable insights, fostering a culture of trust and collaboration among surgical teams and providers.
  • Strategic Measurement of Progress Towards Efficiency: Discover a toolkit designed to measure and track progress towards operational efficiency, ensuring your organization thrives in today’s demanding healthcare environment.

Embark on a transformative journey towards data-driven excellence in perioperative care. This webinar equips you with the knowledge and resources needed to revolutionize your approach, driving meaningful improvements in patient outcomes and operational efficiency. Secure your spot today!


 Annette Alvarado-De Castro, Executive Perioperative Consultant, Fujitsu

Annette Alvarado is Executive Perioperative Consultant at Fujitsu where she specializes in Surgical Capacity Optimization Solutions and Healthy Living Global offerings. She received a Nursing Diploma from Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing with a professional license from the Florida Board of Nursing in 1992. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, as well as her Masters of Nursing Science and Healthcare Administration from Barry University.  Before joining Fujitsu, she served as Vice President of Professional services and Executive Sponsor for Digital Transformation at Baptist Health South Florida.  She has over 20 years experience in healthcare operations as a leader.  She is a recognized expert in clinical technology and innovative solutions, with past experience as a guest speaker at perioperative events to help clinicians leverage and benefit from advanced technologies.

Claudia Cambero, Senior Operations Research Scientist, Fujitsu

Claudia Cambero is a Senior Operations Research Scientist at Fujitsu Intelligence Technology. She holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Decision Sciences and mathematical modeling for strategic decision-making. Throughout her career spanning over a decade, Dr. Cambero has developed mathematical optimization, advanced data analytics and decision support systems across various industries. Her focus during the last 5 years has been on the ideation and development of Healthcare Transformation projects. In her current role, Dr. Cambero leads the technical design and development of Surgical Capacity Optimization solutions using Fujitsu’s cutting-edge optimization technologies.



[Free Webinar] Analytics Based Learning Systems: The Answer Starts with a Good Question 
Latest Issue of OR Manager
July 2024

Register now by completing the form below. Following the webinar you will be able to take an evaluation and receive 1 CE.

Providing reliable and safe patient care continues to be a focus of medical professionals and leaders within organizations, especially as many health systems transition to high-reliability organizations (HRO).

As part of the HRO journey, quality and safety leaders are charged with evaluating data for process improvement. Asking the right questions of the data, in addition to making connections to existing ideas and solutions in new and unusual ways, will drive reliability in your organization. A robust process for asking the right questions and having confidence in the data collection methods allows leaders to drive innovative solutions to patient safety initiatives.

This session will review the process of asking beautiful questions within the five principles of HRO. Real-time data collection methodology in the perioperative arena will serve as an example for patient safety and surgical quality dashboards. Examples of process improvement initiatives based on the reports will be presented. 

Participants will be empowered to replicate these processes in their own facilities to keep every patient safe every time.

Learning Objectives

    1. Quality and safety leaders will learn how to evaluate approaches to using data for process improvement.
    2. After the session, attendees can apply a robust process for asking the right questions and having confidence in the data collection methods.
    3. Attendees will learn how to ask “beautiful” questions within the five principles of High Reliability Organizations.


Aileen R. Killen, RN, PhD,
Director, Perioperative Excellence,
LiveData, Inc.



Jeffrey Oliver, Lt Col, Ret., CCNS, CNOR,
Clinical Support Specialist,
LiveData, Inc.

[Free Webinar] From Conflict to Collaboration: A Deep Dive into Data-Driven Decision-Making
Latest Issue of OR Manager
July 2024

Maximizing surgeon and staff productivity and efficient use of operating room time (and minimizing conflict) that arises around surgeon accessibility and efficient use of operating room time is an achievable goal when all stakeholders have the capability to easily access transparent and actionable data. Adopting technology with predictive and prescriptive data analytics drives meaningful conversations, builds a collaborative culture and strengthens multidisciplinary relationships, while improving access to optimal patient care.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how access to transparent and actionable data can help maximize surgeon and staff productivity and efficient use of operating room time. 
  • Explain how adopting technology with predictive and prescriptive analytics can facilitate meaningful conversations and collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Gain insights into how to break through historical challenges of block utilization, scheduling, and resource allocation.  


Nancy Mann, BSN
Client Success Manager, iQueue for Operating Rooms
Jenny Desir, MBA, BSN, RN
Client Success Specialist, iQueue for Operating Rooms
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