Here is another example of programming in alerts, this time in the movement between the surgical suite and pathology lab which has to do both with patient safety, and operational and clinical efficiency. A patient has just gone through complex lumpectomy requiring multiple tissue sample to be removed and sent to the lab for analysis. System automatically will track doctor orders, surgical collections, print the label and report how many specimens are being collected whether 5, 10 or 20 and most importantly notification of all specimens being delivered into the pathology lab. The system is also capable of reporting the status from the pathology lab and slide dispositions. So the pathology technician doesn’t have to manually write down all of the specimens that the nurse brings into the lab, those are now known. So as those X number of specimens enter the room, it would take significant time for pathology team to check them in. With the Quake system the pathology lab instantly recognizes all of the specimens, and they are auto checked in, as well as checked out into the specimen database. The system will instantly recognize if one is missing and send an alert and keep track the exact disposition of those specimens through the entire process. That’s critical when you think about the hundreds of thousands and millions of specimens coming and going. And lost or mixed-up specimens have been implicated in patients getting the wrong diagnosis, delayed diagnosis or not getting a diagnosis at all. Too much is left to chance without this kind of automation and quality control.
HCB News: We have heard that much more can be automated in the OR to make it more efficient and safe. Can you give us a quick example of one process that can be automated? PB: Yes, and this is an important one. Our system can be set up to pre-order all of the surgical equipment that needs to be in the room exactly when it is needed. So if you’re planning to perform this surgery, you can specify that XYZ elements have to be in the surgical room. This can range from anything from medication or something kind of implant. So based upon that our system can inform the surgical team what is needed, and order. The system can also report when the surgical room is set up for actions.
HCB News: When we think of going full circle with automation billing comes to mind. Can your system auto-populate forms and then somebody can review and sign off? PB: Our system has the ability to populate forms, and shares them with the appropriate billing systems which is highly efficient in terms of manual input and ensuring that the right system have the proper billing information. When you think about how manual the billing process is and the replication of work this can save a great deal of time.