May 14, 2020

An agile, data-driven strategy for post-COVID-19 OR management

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

As states begin to ease restrictions imposed by COVID-19, physicians, nurse leaders, and administrators face a momentous challenge in resuming elective surgical procedures.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center developed a model that made best use of available data (eg, case logs, forecasts, etc).

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Adoption of an agile methodology—a method in which a project is broken into stages marked by continuous improvement and iteration—allowed modelers to quickly bring situational awareness to the leadership team and remain in a near-constant state of collaboration with clinical stakeholders.

In the spirit of the cooperation and camaraderie that characterize many aspects of the COVID-19 response, this article offers insights into a plan that can be adopted by other healthcare facilities.


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