Why should a hospital embark on a
digital O.R. integration project these days?
O.R. integration means deploying a platform
that can aggregate clinical content from divergent data sources and interprets it to boost
productivity and efficiency. There are two key
benefits. The first one is improving utilization of
a hospital’s total capacity to conduct surgical
procedures by streamlining workflow via information access and process automation. The
second one is increasing focus on the patient
and reducing the team’s stress and fatigue from
managing abundant disparate data sources.
Both have tangible clinical and economic value,
improving quality of care and a hospital’s ability
to generate profits.
When people talk about O.R. integration, they usually mean
visualization and video integration. Is that what we are
talking about primarily?
Over the years many endoscopy vendors have been quite active
in the O.R. integration space: it is natural that their focus on video
sources has become a dominant feature. While it is clear that managing medical technology in highly complex O.R. environments is
a burden for the surgical team, improvements in video routing and
visualization are only part of the puzzle to solve. The surgeons are in
fact only one of the stakeholder groups involved. There are nurses,
O.R. managers, anesthesiologists, biomedical engineering and IT
staff. O.R.’s are highly interdisciplinary, and everyone plays a part in
keeping the department safe and productive. That is why it is important to take a more comprehensive approach that fits into and in fact
improves the workflow of all these professionals.
What else should be addressed in well-conceptualized
O.R. integration projects?
A lot is about what we call the ‘fast data’ concept of truly being able
What services does S-CAPE offer in
to access highly relevant medical content at the point of care, at the
right time. Information must flow as fast as the patient is travelling
through the perioperative cycle. This can be achieved to a different
degree via different means. Intelligent visualization of medical data
sources is one of them, especially during the actual surgery. Equal-
ly important however is streamlining the interfaces between various
department-level systems and the electronic patient record so that
key data points are available and adverse events are avoided. The
reality is that different kinds of information need
to be easily retrievable at each point of the pe-
rioperative cycle. And this can be enabled by
higher interoperability between IT systems and
medical devices, faster and more ubiquitous
documentation capabilities, as well as appro-
priate remote collaboration tools, to name a few.
order to help the hospital achieve the
There is no one-size-fits-all. An O.R. integration
project is an interdisciplinary effort. It is important to form a balanced team of all stakeholders, including IT experts, clinicians and administration. S-CAPE has been in the O.R. integration
market for 15 years, with more than 5000 installations as of today.
We offer a tailored, consultative approach, plus a modular integration
platform that serves as a fundamental layer for O.R. integration; a
“LEGO-block-like” methodology and system, if you will, which we
have perfected in multiple projects over the years.
What are the advantages of such an additional integration
Being fast and minimizing impact on the infrastructure footprint are
certainly big advantages since they significantly reduce downtime
and project management for the hospital. It is definitely the case that
many of the key integrated workflow tools can be deployed in retrofit
to existing physical and IT infrastructure. Another big advantage is
vendor-neutrality. It is not a closed off-the-shelf product. The platform can be connected and re-connected to devices and systems
of any vendors today and in the future. In our opinion, this definition of being “future-proof” is as important as being able to adopt
Hospitals can benefit greatly from digital O.R. integration projects. But integration needs to be performed with the right
focus in order to have a true impact on productivity in the long-term. Off-the-shelf product packages that rigidly focus on
integration of video sources in the O.R. fall short of what can be achieved by a more encompassing approach, says Dennis
Kogan. He is Managing Director of S-CAPE, a specialist for digital O.R. integration solutions.
INDIVIDUAL APPROACH BEATS ‘ONE
SIZE FITS ALL’ IN THE O.R.
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DENNIS KOGAN, S-CAPE