How Moffitt's operating rooms got more efficient, saved $8 million in first year
While the nation quarrels over healthcare options, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is trying to make its medical services -- or at least its surgeries -- more productive. A new Business Week article looks at how Moffitt last year hired GE Healthcare Performance Systems, a consulting group owned by GE's $17 billion health-care unit charged with making Moffitt's operating rooms run more efficiently. (Photo: Surgery at Moffitt by Mike Pease of the St. Petersburg Times.)
The story says Moffitt surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists grew frustrated because just 13 percent of operations started on time. Not even half of the first surgeries of the morning began promptly. And it could take up to an hour to turn the room around between cases. The delays meant fewer operations, and caused nurses and anesthesiologists to work overtime quite regularly, according to the story.
The bottom line? Business Week reports Moffitt's hospital implemented a range of GE recommendations in April. And in June, Moffitt surgeons performed 106 more cases than they had in June 2008. Says Business Week:
"Based on the patient flow improvements achieved in the first months of operation, Braulio Vicente (see photo), Moffitt's senior vice-president and chief operating officer, estimates that the center will gain more than 3,000 hours of operating room time. That's enough to perform 900 surgeries—and $8 million in savings within the first year."
Imagine how much could be saved if all hospitals went through similar rigorous reviews.
Here's the complete Business Week story.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist