Adventist Health System’s Patient Safety Organization Selects C-SATS to Provide Continuous Quality Improvement in Robotic Surgery

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Solution offers quantitative scores, qualitative feedback and specific recommendations for continuous surgical performance improvement

C-SATS (, a venture-backed health care technology company on a mission to empower the nation’s healthcare institutions so they can appraise and facilitate surgical performance improvement accurately and objectively, today announced that Adventist Health System’s federally listed Patient Safety Organization, Quality Circle for Healthcare, will deploy its cutting-edge solution for continuous quality improvement in the area of robotic surgery in seven hospitals.

With 46 hospital campuses, nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states and more than 4.7 million patients annually, Adventist Health System believes the benefits of using C-SATS to help assess and improve robotic surgical performance via simulation curriculum, telementoring and recommended peer group videos will yield measurable and sustainable improvements in both surgical performance and patient safety.

“We’re honored to be working with Adventist Health System,” said Derek Streat, CEO of C-SATS. As evidenced by their investment in these tools, our organizations are aligned in our laser focus on quality and patient safety which will make for a great partnership that ultimately benefits patients.”

Historically, it’s been challenging for health care systems to develop supporting infrastructure to evaluate technical skills in robotic surgery. C-SATS enables health care institutions to embrace a cost-effective platform so that robotic surgeons can receive appraisals and opportunities for continued learning.

“C-SATS offers surgeons a valid and objective evaluation tool combined with an improvement approach that’s tailored to their individual performance. It’s not one-size-fits-all, and I believe that the personalized feedback helps one continually improve. This approach -- and a more robust appraisal of surgical competency -- is valuable in health care across the board,” said Dr. Stephen Knych, vice president of clinical effectiveness and chief quality and patient safety officer for Adventist Health System.

About C-SATS

Seattle-based C-SATS, Inc. ( is a venture-backed healthcare technology company on a mission to empower the nation’s healthcare institutions so they can appraise and improve the performance of their surgeons and other professionals continuously, accurately and objectively. Based on technology developed at the University of Washington by a team of surgeons, biostatisticians and engineers, C-SATS’ performance management system utilizes a unique combination of distributed experts and pre-qualified reviewers to evaluate surgical skill. After benchmarking a team and identifying the gaps in performance, C-SATS recommends targeted curriculum to help teams improve and track their performance longitudinally. Medical centers across the U.S. and Canada have completed over one million assessments via C-SATS for a variety of uses, including continuous quality improvement, residency and training.

About Adventist Health System

Adventist Health System is a faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's nearly 77,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient. For more information, please visit:

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