Hospitals Using ORControlTM Report Major Financial, Operational Benefits

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The OR is a strategic cost and revenue center for the hospital. It is also an extremely dynamic and complex environment that requires significant staffing and hospital-wide coordination to manage throughput. These factors create the perfect opportunity for deployment of a real-time workflow control system.

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“The same HCS-proprietary technology that revolutionized the U.S. transportation industry is empowering healthcare leaders to continuously improve throughput and safety while also reducing waste,” said Dr. Tom Feo, HCS CEO and Co-founder.

Healthcare Control Systems Inc. (HCS) announced today that medical centers using its proprietary ORControlTM workflow technology have documented significant improvements in top and bottom line financial performance.

ORControl provides hospitals with real-time transparency and control. It manages each patient’s case by seamlessly scheduling and coordinating the minute-by-minute activities of dozens of individuals and departments inside and outside a medical center, from housekeepers to surgeons.

“The same HCS-proprietary technology that revolutionized the U.S. transportation industry is empowering healthcare leaders to continuously improve throughput and safety while also reducing waste,” said Dr. Tom Feo, HCS CEO and Co-founder.

Traditionally, hospitals use white boards and EMR systems to make changes to procedure schedules. “Such manually driven systems simply do not provide guidance across an entire organization to keep everyone’s activities coordinated and efficient. A dynamic environment like an OR, where changes occur every few minutes, needs real-time control to keep everyone on the same page, at the same time,” explained Dr. Feo.

ORControl uses a real-time locating system to automate the process of updating patient movements, the location of critical staff and equipment, and the status of each case – creating actionable information for all users.

Documented operational improvements include increased case volumes and on-time starts; reduction in room turnover times, patient wait times, and surgery delays; and improved satisfaction for patients, staff and surgeons.

A Clinical Safety and Effectiveness presentation from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) showed that with the implementation of ORControl, UTMB added an average of two additional surgical cases per business day, yielding an increased contributed margin of almost $3 million, while also reducing overtime by 17 percent.

A Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference (HSPIC) presentation by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs showed additional benefits for the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The hospital reported that ORControl contributes $4.9 Million in savings per year due to increased throughput, while simultaneously reducing overtime by 50%..

Amongst HCS’ U.S. clients, ORControl is currently running at the largest for-profit hospital system, the largest not-for-profit hospital system, and the largest Federal hospital system.

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About Healthcare Control Systems
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Healthcare Control Systems (HCS) has been designing, developing and deploying award-winning, real-time control solutions for more than 20 years – first in the manufacturing and transportation industries, and now in healthcare. HCS prides itself on helping significantly grow the revenues and contritubution margins of its hospital clients, while increasing safety, and the satisfaction of patients, staff, and physicians. For more information, visit http://www.hcs.us.com.

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