May 17, 2017

START makes a good case for greater scheduling accuracy

By: OR Manager

Accurate OR case scheduling is a key performance indicator that is challenging to manage. The published literature often focuses on scheduling algorithms using historical data, the surgeon’s own estimate, or a mix of similar procedures. This mathematical approach neglects the cultural, economic, behavioral, and process challenges that impact attempts to better predict the duration of cases, defined as patient in the room to patient exit.

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