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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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