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Why medical checklists are important

  • October 17, 2018
Whether we realize it or not, we’ve been using checklists for most of our lives. Remember the old piece of advice our parents gave us when we were kids – look both ways before crossing the street? That, at its most basic level, is the first grader’s version of a checklist. Step 1: Look left....

How to use data to improve quality in your device rollout

  • October 3, 2018
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time you introduce a new medical device. While each of your products is new, innovative and full of features which continue to improve patient outcomes, there are simple solutions to managing the complexity of hosted training events, supporting best practices and enabling surgical teams in order to...

How the Delphi method can aid your workflow

  • September 26, 2018
We’ve previously discussed methods to maximize efficiency for your sales reps both in the OR and training events. At ExplORer Surgical, we believe teamwork and collaboration are essential to a successful case, and we understand the challenges physicians encounter when creating a new procedure. Part of what makes our software so unique is our use...

Enable your sales reps to be in the right OR at the right time

  • August 26, 2018
We all know how hectic life in the OR can be for your sales reps. Some cases may experience delays and complications, so knowing which OR needs live support can make or break how your implant is used in a given case. With ExplORer Surgical, your sales reps can monitor all cases in real-time and...

ExplORer Surgical CEO Jennifer Fried breaks down its tech implementation process, shares thoughts on hospital vulnerabilities

  • August 16, 2018
Written by Staff | Originally posted on Becker’s Hospital Review  | June 07, 2018 In this special Speaker Series, Becker’s Healthcare caught up with Jennifer Fried, CEO and co-founder of ExplORer Surgical. Ms. Fried will speak on a panel during the Becker’s Hospital Review 4th Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference titled “Chicago Companies Leading the Way in Hospital...

Crain’s Chicago Top 50 of 2018

  • August 16, 2018
Meet the Crain’s Tech 50 of 2018 The founders, leaders, technologists, investors, connectors and mentors you need to know in Chicago tech are all here. There’s one difference this year: They’re all women. Yes, women are underrepresented in tech, in Chicago and beyond. But there are plenty of awesome women to be found. You just...

Improving Operating Room Outcomes and Efficiency with Jennifer Fried, CEO & Co-Founder of ExplORer Surgical

  • August 16, 2018
Improving Operating Room Outcomes and Efficiency with Jennifer Fried, CEO & Co-Founder of ExplORer Surgical Outcomes Rocket Podcast: July 24, 2018 Saul Marquez Hey I really thank you for tuning in today. I’ve got an outstanding guest for you. Her name is Jennifer Fried and she’s the CEO and co-founder at ExplORer Surgical. She’s a...

Optimize physician training: Make the most of your hosted training events

  • August 14, 2018
Medical education for physicians is central to the development and roll out of new medical devices. If physicians don’t have a good experience using a new product for the first time at a physician training event, they are unlikely to bring that product into their clinical practice. Are you doing everything you can to facilitate...

Enabling the Success of Medical Devices with ExplORer Surgical

  • August 2, 2018
To compete and win as a medical device manufacturer, knowing how your products are actually used in the OR or procedural suite is of utmost importance. Understanding the efficacy of physician training, the effectiveness of sales reps and the surgical team’s product use in the field can all dramatically improve a device’s adoption and traction....

Hospital Play #5 – Standardizing Best Practices: Identifying and Reducing Variability in Surgical Procedures

  • July 26, 2018
Many hospitals are taking on standardization initiatives to streamline processes and reduce costs. We’ve found that intra-operative processes of the OR are often the last areas many hospitals tackle – even though it is the largest revenue center! Variability in surgical procedures is a given and some is inherent to clinical practice – a surgeon’s...

Standardizing Best Practices Research: Identifying and Reducing Variability in Surgical Procedures

  • July 25, 2018
In this post, we’ll look closely at how detailed process-mapping of procedures can be employed to re-engineer procedures and gain a better understanding of variability across surgeons in time and approach. Study 1: Reduced operative time by 20% The Royal Orthopedic Hospital NHS Trust [iii] shows the value of surgical process mapping. Here, the intraoperative...

Hospital Play #4 – Implementing Parallel Processing to Increase OR Efficiency

  • July 18, 2018
With fewer than 20 percent of hospitals hitting their cost targets [i], OR productivity and efficiency remains a high priority to stay competitive in today’s market. Yet, current cost-saving efforts focus primarily on optimizing linear processes rather than seeking to increase productivity by completing tasks in parallel. For example, certain tasks can be completed outside...

Hospital Play #3 – Shrinking Tray Content & Size

  • July 11, 2018
There are multiple forms of waste in the OR. Every time an instrument pan is opened, all the instruments need to be reprocessed with the associated wear and tear, sterilization, and service delay. The costs associated with unnecessary instrument provision and unwrapping are significant, as indicated by the studies of our Chief Medical Officer and...

Hospital Play #2 – Eliminating Variability in Instruments/Disposables

  • July 4, 2018
Variety may be the spice of life, but in the operating room, it can be a recipe for reduced profitability, inefficiency, and low quality. We frequently see leaders of Surgical Services struggling with the question of variability, particularly how much of it to allow and where to allow it. As healthcare practitioners, you know that...

Hospital Play #1 – Reducing Disposables Waste in the OR

  • June 13, 2018
Our research and experience in the OR at more than 18 institutions shows that a surgical team’s knowledge of the procedure performed is one of the most robust predictors of waste and inefficiency in the operating room. [3] The informational gap is a huge problem – it accounts for billions of dollars of waste each...

ExplORer Surgical selected to participate in 2018 Health InnovatAR Healthcare Accelerator Program

  • June 8, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brittany Genelin; 612-562-4102; brittany@explORersurgical.com   ExplORer Surgical selected to participate in 2018 Health InnovatAR Healthcare Accelerator Program Accomplished Collection of Early Stage Healthcare Companies Begin Work in Arkansas   CHICAGO (June 7, 2018)– ExplORer Surgical, a mobile-friendly, cloud-based software platform which provides workflow management for even the most complex surgical procedures,...

ExplORer Surgical, Chicago Innovation Award Winner, Rings the Nasdaq Stock Market Closing Bell

  • May 10, 2018
March 26, 2018 — Chicago Innovation, the organization that annually hosts the Chicago Innovation Awards, the region’s foremost celebration of innovation, visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. In honor of the occasion, the winners of the 2017 Chicago Innovation Awards, along with Chicago’s industry leaders and venture capitalists who comprised the organization’s board, rang the...

ExplORer is hiring an Implementation Manager

  • February 24, 2018
IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER – OPERATING ROOM – FULL TIME   About the Company: ExplORer Surgical has created an interactive surgical playbook that promotes optimal teamwork in the operating room. Best practices are built into a surgeon-customized workflow for each case where, combined with checklists and interactive multimedia, all team members can improve their performance before and...

A Year of ExplORing

  • February 6, 2018
Our CEO Jennifer Fried gives her take on what we have learned in the last year, what ExplORer offers to surgical teams, and where the industry is heading. Where did we start….and where are we now? I met my co-founder Dr. Alex Langerman in 2013. Alex had begun ExplORer as a research project at the University...

ExplORer Surgical is Named to Built in Chicago’s list of 50 Startups to Watch in 2018

  • February 6, 2018
Chicago, ILーExplORer Surgical has been named to Built in Chicago’s annual list of 50 startups to watch. Consisting of companies that have been founded in the last five years, Built in Chicago recognizes startups that are poised to push Chicago’s technology ecosystem to new heights in 2018 and beyond. They companies bring novel ideas, talented...

ExplORer Surgical Announcing that it is a Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem Partner

  • November 29, 2017
CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ExplORer Surgical is pleased to announce that its digital playbook for the OR and interventional suite is being offered as part of the Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem. ExplORer Surgical is one of the initial partners; the relationship was announced at RSNA this week in Chicago. This partnership will allow...

Just Another Day in the OR

  • November 29, 2017
Blogger Miranda of Love, Blood and Scrubs takes Explorer on a whirlwind tour of a typical day as a Surgical Technician in the operating room. In Just Another Day in the OR, Miranda emphasizes the importance of communication and teamwork before and during procedures – between techs, nurses, and surgeons – and talks about the impact of having up-to-date and correct surgeon preference...

ExplORer Surgical is Named Winner of 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards

  • October 31, 2017
Chicago, IL—  ExplORer Surgical of Chicago has been named one of the Up-and-Comer Award Winners of the 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The winners were announced at an event held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Monday, October 30, with nearly 1500 business and civic leaders, and supporters of innovation in attendance.  The Chicago Innovation Awards,...

Lean principles to optimize instrument utilization for spine surgery in an academic medical center: an opportunity to standardize, cut costs, and build a culture of improvement

  • September 15, 2017
Lunardini D, Arington R, Canacari EG, Gamboa K, Wagner K, McGuire KJ. Published in September 2016 in Spine Abstract STUDY DESIGN: Case study OBJECTIVE.: To optimize the utilization of operating room instruments for orthopedic and neurosurgical spine cases in an urban level 1 academic medical center through application of Lean principles. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Process improvement systems such as Lean have been adapted to health care and offer an...

Explorer Surgical is Named One of the Top 100 Finalists Chicago Innovation Awards 2017

  • September 14, 2017
Chicago, IL— Out of 530 nominees, Explorer Surgical of Chicago has been selected as one of the Top 100 Finalists still in the running for the 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards.  The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries.  1500 business and...

ExplORer Surgical, the OS for the OR, Announces $3M Series A Financing Funding to accelerate commercialization of interactive workflow management platform for surgery

  • August 29, 2017
CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ExplORer Surgical, a leading platform for intraoperative surgical and interventional procedure workflow management and analytics, announced today the closing of an oversubscribed $3MSeries A Financing.  Aphelion Capital led the round with participation from existing and new investors including Elliott Management, the University of Chicago, M25 Group, and the Harvard Business School Angels of Chicago.  In...

Disruptions love company: Investigating flow disruption clusters in robotic surgery

  • July 11, 2017
Originally Published By Samuel A. Curtis, January 2017 Assessment of the safety and efficiency of new technologies in the operating room (OR) is critical, as an increasing number of technologies are adopted every year. An effective metric in system performance in the OR is the measurement of flow disruptions (FDs), defined as any deviation from...

ExplORer Surgical Writing the Digital Playbook to Get OR Teams on the Same Page

  • April 27, 2017
Podcast originally published on Breaking Health at Healthegy.com – LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE April 21, 2017 By Tom Salemi Surgeons must be meticulous and detail-oriented to do their jobs well, but those traits don’t necessarily gibe with the dynamic flow of a hospital. ExplORer Surgical is working to expand the comfort zone for surgeons by...

Application of Lean Methodology for Improved Quality and Efficiency in Operating Room Instrument Availability

  • April 20, 2017
Farrokhi FR, Gunther M, Williams B, Blackmore CC. Published in Sept-Oct 2015 in Journal for Healthcare Quality Abstract Advances in surgical instrumentation allow surgeons to treat patients with less morbidity and shorter recovery time. However, the increasing complexity also adds to surgical risk, and to operating room supply chain burden. To improve the quality and...

Costs associated with instrument sterilization in gynecologic surgery

  • April 20, 2017
Van Meter MM, Adam RA. Published in November 2016 in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Abstract BACKGROUND: With rising health care expenditures, hospitals must contain costs in ways that maintain high-quality patient care. A significant portion of perioperative costs are associated with materials and supplies; many reusable instruments on surgical trays go unused, which...

Surgical instrumentation: the true cost of instrument trays and a potential strategy for optimization

  • April 20, 2017
Mhlaba JM, Stockert EW, Coronel M, Langerman AJ. Published in 2015, Vol. 4, No. 6, in Journal of Hospital Administration Abstract Objective: Operating rooms (OR) generate a large portion of hospital revenue and waste. Consequently, improving efficiency and reducing waste is a high priority. Our objective was to quantify waste associated with opened but unused...

A pilot study to assess the adequacy of the Brigham 20 Kit for cesarean delivery

  • April 20, 2017
Greenberg JA, Wylie B, Robinson JN. Published in May 2012 in International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics Abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a kit of only 20 instruments could be used to perform cesarean deliveries in a consistently safe manner for the purpose of providing better surgical instruments to healthcare providers in limited-resource environments. METHODS:...

A prospective study of patient safety in the operating room

  • April 20, 2017
Christian CK, Gustafson ML, Roth EM, Sheridan TB, Gandhi TK, Dwyer K, Zinner MJ, Dierks MM. Published February 2006 in Surgery Abstract BACKGROUND: To better understand the operating room as a system and to identify system features that influence patient safety, we performed an analysis of operating room patient care using a prospective observational technique....

Comparison of economic and environmental impacts between disposable and reusable instruments used for laparoscopic cholecystectomy

  • April 20, 2017
Adler S, Scherrer M, Rückauer KD, Daschner FD. Published February 2005 in Surgical Endoscopy And Other Interventional Techniques Abstract BACKGROUND: The economic and environmental effects were compared between disposable and reusable instruments used for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Special consideration was given to the processing of reusable instruments in the Miele G 7736 CD MCU washer disinfector...

How hospitals could be rebuilt, better than before

  • April 14, 2017
The Economist, April 8, 2017 Technology could revolutionize the way they work. IN A nondescript part of Cleveland, in a room known as the bunker, a doctor, nurses and medical technicians gather to keep watch over 150 patients in special-care units and intensive-care beds. Their patients are scattered around the region, in clinics that have...

Improving efficiency in the operating room

  • March 29, 2017
Surgeons need to document the timing of all steps in the operating room to become more efficient. Ocular Surgery News U.S. Edition, March 25, 2017 Uday Devgan, MD New ophthalmology residents sometimes mistakenly think that performing a surgery quickly is the key to doing more cases in a day. On the contrary, rushing a surgical...

Surgeon–patient communication during awake procedures

  • March 26, 2017
Claire S. Smith, M.F.A., Kristina Guyton, M.D., Joseph J. Pariser, M.D., Mark Siegler, M.D., Nancy Schindler, M.D. M.H.P.E., Alexander Langerman, M.D. S.M., F.A.C.S. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2016.06.017 Highlights •Surgeons make use of diverse strategies for communication during awake procedures. •The awake patient’s presence impacts surgeons’ communication with staff and trainees. •Surgeons describe challenges in balancing teaching and maintaining...

Going Under the Knife, with Eyes and Ears Wide Open

  • March 26, 2017
The article explores the issues surrounding performing surgical procedures with patients awake and alert to, and in some cases able to see, what is happening. Alex Langerman, Explorer’s Co-founder, is the Senior author of a study titled, Surgeon-patient communication during awake procedures, along with Dr. Mark Siegler, Director of the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center...

The Need to Upgrade Technology in America’s Operating Rooms

  • March 15, 2017
By Jennifer Fried – Originally Printed in Becker’s Review, March 15, 2017 When a patient sued Yale New Haven Hospital earlier this year for allegedly removing part of the wrong rib during surgery and then covering up the mistake, the case highlighted a problem facing operating rooms across America—avoidable human error. Although the most egregious...

To Your Health – How Do You Make the OR Lean?

  • March 15, 2017
Originally Published by Chicago Booth Magazine – Winter, 2017 Written By Debbie Carlson The Challenge: While over the years digital tools have been introduced to streamline presurgery and postsurgery processes, the operating room itself is still largely managed on paper. During surgery, workflow and efficiency often take a backseat to traditional methods and the processes...

Propublica’s Hot on the Trail of What Hospital’s Waste

  • March 13, 2017
By Marshall Allen at Propublica Talk to experts and many agree that waste would be a good place to start. In 2012 the National Academy of Medicine estimated the U.S. health care system squandered $765 billion a year, more than the entire budget of the Defense Department. Dr. Mark Smith, who chaired the committee that...

Four Areas of Savings are Underutilized or Overlooked by Hospitals

  • February 18, 2017
We were excited to read the Advisory Board’s recent research note that Hospitals may underestimate or overlook four areas of cost savings, including (as noted by Jenna Koppel): Unfavorable contract terms. Supplies and purchased services are a growing portion of total hospital costs, and can account for a big portion of avoidable costs. Outdated care protocols....

The Case for Build-to-Order Instrument Sets

  • February 15, 2017
We were excited to see an article recently in Outpatient Surgery Magazine heralding the benefits of build-to-order instrument sets. At Explorer, we see the value of reducing instruments per tray and tray sets play out daily. As the article aptly points out, there’s enormous value to be captured here including: Increased ease of assembly and...

In this startup’s case, it actually is brain surgery

  • February 9, 2017
As Posted in Crain’s Chicago BusinessFebruary 9, 2017 By: J. Duncan Moore Jr. Jennifer Fried is an accidental entrepreneur. After three years at Bain Consulting and some time in venture capital, she thought her next step would be becoming an investor in health care startups. Instead she’s the CEO of her own​ med-tech startup. Her...

Operating Room Inefficiencies and Costs – A White Paper Summarizing ExplORer’s Findings

  • February 7, 2017
By Dr. Alex Langerman and CEO Jennifer Fried. Hospital and healthcare systems are under increasing pressure to reduce costs due to declining reimbursement, new payment systems such as accountable care organizations, and the increase in high- copayment insurance plans resulting in comparison shopping by patients. Bundling of payments by Medicare and private insurers as well...

Efficiency Improvement in the Operating Room – A Synopsis of Published Efforts

  • January 27, 2017
Abigail J. Fong, MBA,a,b Meghan Smith, MBA,a,c and Alexander Langerman, MD, SMa,c,* a University of Chicago Operative Performance Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois b Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois c Department of Surgery, Section of OtolaryngologydHead and Neck Surgery, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Hospitals and health systems must focus on improving...

Making Efficiency Plays in the OR with ExplORer Surgical

  • November 14, 2016
To compete and meet the increasing demands for high-quality, low-cost care, health systems and hospitals must focus on increasing effectiveness and profitability. US hospitals in 2015 operated on an average profit margin of 4%. ORs represent approximately 60% of the revenue, and 70% of the profit. While we have seen an influx of new tools...

Wastage of Medical Supplies and Drugs in the Operating Room

  • October 10, 2016
PUBLISHED October 21, 2009 by Medscape Anyone visiting an operating room would be impressed by the staggering amount of garbage produced even after a simple 90-minute surgery. In fact, a routine operation in a hospital often produces more waste than a family of 4 might produce in an entire week. One reason operating rooms generate...

ExplORer Surgical, Workflow Management Software for Surgery, Announces $1M Seed Round

  • October 10, 2016
ExplORer Surgical has cracked open the “black box” of intraoperative surgical activity with its interactive workflow management tool. CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ExplORer Surgical, a leading developer of an intraoperative workflow management tool for surgery, announced today the closing of $1 million in seed round funding. Investors include CJM Ventures, M25 Group, SymphonyAlpha...

The Surgical Master-Plan in the Operating Room: Have we ever had it, and can it be created?

  • October 10, 2016
PUBLISHED ON JAN 7, 2015 As a surgeon, I naturally understand that each surgical case is a team-based process that requires coordination of everyone in the operating room. Except in rare, emergency cases, I already have a therapeutic relationship with my patient; as a result, I’m entering the OR with the most familiarity and clearest...

Assessing the magnitude and costs of intraoperative inefficiencies attributable to surgical instrument trays.

  • October 10, 2016
Published October, 2014 Efficiency in the operating room has become a topic of great interest. This study aimed to quantify the percent use of instruments among common instrument trays across 4 busy surgical services: Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, and Neurosurgery. We further aimed to calculate the costs associated with tray and instrument sterilization, as...

ExplORer a Finalist for New Venture Challenge

  • October 10, 2016
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2015 The Polsky Center for Entrepreneureship and Innovation at the University of Chicago announced ExplORer, the surgical workflow management app first created by Drs. Alexander Langerman and Marko Rojnica of the Operative Performance Research Institute, will be competing in the final round of theEdward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge. The New...
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