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April 2019

Disruptive innovation in supply chain: Impact of Amazon Business and technology, Part 2

Supply chain is ripe for innovation, as Amazon Business and technology manufacturers have discovered. In part 1 of this two-part series, we focused on the company’s role in the supply chain (OR Manager, February 2019, 1, 9-12). In part 2, we look at technology-related trends and innovations that can improve…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 20, 2019
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Robotics expanding rapidly in orthopedics, spine

Editor's Note The Healthcare Quarterly report by Moody’s Investors Service shows the orthopedics and spine sectors increasingly performing robotic-assisted procedures, the January 18 Becker’s Spine Review reports. This is resulting in strong growth for device firms with major investments in these specialties, particularly Medtronic with its Mazor robotics platform for…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 22, 2019
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Disruptive innovation in supply chain: Impact of Amazon Business and technology, Part 1

Supply chain is the lifeblood of the OR, so any disruption in the flow of that lifeblood can lead to outcomes ranging from dissatisfaction with backorders to chaos if a new implant doesn’t arrive on time. But disruption also can be a positive force, especially if it supports flow. When…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 14, 2019
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Comprehensive ROI pitch helps to procure OR equipment

Multiple requests for new equipment and technology—usually from surgeons but also sometimes from staff—are not uncommon. As part of their due diligence, OR leaders must determine whether the return on investment (ROI) justifies the purchase. Doing ROI calculations systematically—and involving key stakeholders—can help ensure that the organization makes the best…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 14, 2019
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Surgical VAC mines new software for deeper look at products

After transitioning from a paper-based data and operations management system to one that uses relational database software, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC) in Burlington, Massachusetts, saved more than $1 million in product purchases in 2017. The surgical value analysis committee (VAC) evaluated 150 product requests and managed the conversion…

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By: Robert Dolan, MD,, Kristen Murphy, MBA, and Edward Aiello
January 14, 2019
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Comprehensive ROI pitch helps to procure OR equipment

Multiple requests for new equipment and technology—usually from surgeons but also sometimes from staff—are not uncommon. As part of their due diligence, OR leaders must determine whether the return on investment (ROI) justifies the purchase. Doing ROI calculations systematically—and involving key stakeholders—can help ensure that the organization makes the best…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 14, 2018
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2019 OR Business Management Conference sets up shop in San Diego

Interest in the OR Business Management Conference has grown steadily in tandem with the number of proposals submitted each year. More than 400 individuals attended the conference in 2018, and they left with tools and strategies to implement in a variety of clinical settings upon their return. Feedback from attendees…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 14, 2018
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ECRI Institute announces new white paper on top value analysis challenges

Editor's Note ECRI Institute on October 30 announced a new white paper--Value Analysis: Addressing Top Challenges by Using the PICOTS Framework--which presents findings from national seminars on the top five challenges value analysis professionals face daily. The challenges are: Antiquated workflow C-suite buy-in Accessibility to data Physician engagement Bandwidth. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 31, 2018
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Hip, knee implant market poised for growth

Editor's Note WiseGuyReports predicts the global market for hip and knee surgical implants will reach more than $12 billion by 2021, the August 21 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Three companies dominate the market: Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, and DePuy Synthes.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2018
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Report predicts spinal implant, surgical devices market growth

Editor's Note A Crystal Market Research report predicts the spinal implant and surgical devices market will top $15.7 billion by 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.44%, according to the May 24 Becker’s Spine Review. The market will grow because of the rising geriatric population and enhanced technology.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2018
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