UCHealth partners with LeanTaaS to innovate operating room utilization

Wednesday May 11, 2016 0 comments Tags: Aurora, UCHealth, LeanTaaS, Steve Hess, Mohan Giridharadas, iQueue for Operating Rooms

AURORA -- UCHealth, a nationally-recognized healthcare system based in Colorado, today announced it has partnered with LeanTaaS, a leading lean and predictive analytics company based in Silicon Valley, to improve utilization of its operating rooms.UCHealth_logoUSE

LeanTaaS’s  iQueue for Operating Rooms is the first in the market to combine proven lean principles and advanced data science to optimize hospital operations.

UCHealth is the first customer to deploy iQueue for Operating Rooms, implementing it at University of Colorado Hospital now and its other hospitals integrating the innovative technology later this year and next.

Operating rooms (OR) are key resources in a hospital, but most hospitals struggle to manage precious OR blocks efficiently due to the complexities involved.

As a result, surgeons don’t always get the OR time they need, administrators don’t have objective data to make decisions, and patients don’t get critical care on time. iQueue for Operating Rooms looks at dozens of OR operations parameters and builds predictive models to forecast usage patterns and allocate OR time efficiently to meet hospital objectives.

“UCHealth is focused on providing the very best, most efficient care for our patients. iQueue for Operating Rooms provides deep visibility into OR utilization,” said Steve Hess, UCHealth CIO.

“It tells us why we’re not fully utilizing our operating rooms, where the bottlenecks are, and how we can make it better. Every minute of OR time is valuable. Even a small gain can have a big impact on our bottom line.”

“We started LeanTaaS with a mission of combining lean and data science to achieve operational excellence in healthcare,” said Mohan Giridharadas, LeanTaaS founder and CEO.

“iQueue for Operating Rooms is a major milestone toward that mission. We’re honored to work with UCHealth as our launch customer and one of the nation’s leading health systems with visionary leadership that truly cares about improving patient access.”

iQueue for Operating Rooms taps into non-sensitive electronic health record (EHR) data, learns about good and bad usage patterns, and reallocates OR time to surgeons that could best utilize it based on hospital objectives.

Key benefits of iQueue for Operating Rooms:

  • For surgeons and their assistants: iQueue lets surgeons offer better critical care to their patients by making it easier for them to access OR time on demand. It enables them to keep an eye on their actual utilization and provides early warnings when their utilization approaches lower bounds set by the hospital. Directly from their mobile phones or desktops with 1-click interactions, surgeons and their assistants can also easily release unwanted blocks to surgeons who might benefit from them, request OR time and accept blocks.
  • For OR administrators: iQueue provides deep visibility into OR utilization, identifies bottlenecks and helps administrators make data-driven changes to keep the utilization optimal. By automatically reallocating OR blocks, iQueue relieves administrators from hours of manual effort trying to find backfills and managing unused blocks.
  • For executives: iQueue identifies macro trends and patterns causing under (or over) utilization in their operating rooms. Executives can easily track how the rooms are being utilized and how demand supply patterns can impact their service lines.

Earlier this year, UCHealth also implemented iQueue for Infusion Centers, a predictive analytics solution that maximizes infusion chair utilization, resulting in lower patient waiting times, higher patient volumes and increased nurse satisfaction.