When your ORs are not efficiently utilized, revenue is lost, patient and staff satisfaction declines, and resources are misallocated. However, optimizing capacity is a complex challenge:
• Block schedules intended to help with efficiency can unintentionally hinder OR scheduling, resulting in underutilization.
• You don’t have the information available to plan for cases and address barriers ahead of time.
• Cases that run longer than booked create delays. Those that run shorter result in missed opportunities for cases and revenue.
• Your perioperative staff schedule does not align with the upcoming case mix, leading to chaotic scrambles as you seek out the OR workforce you need to meet the planned day’s requirements.

In this session, learn how to take a holistic approach to managing the perioperative suite that will maximize efficiency, even with limited OR resources. Discover ways data and automated workflows can streamline operations and standardize case planning to create, find, and fill more OR time and maximize your surgical case volume based on available resources.

  • Develop a holistic approach to managing perioperative operations that creates transparency and enhances your workflows for creating, finding and filling more OR time • Identify staffing gaps and consider solutions that align the OR schedule with your
  • Identify staffing gaps and consider solutions that align the OR schedule with your workforce to optimally allocate your staff
  • Learn how to proactively address barriers to running cases and build predictive operational case planning into workflows at your organization
Shawn Sefton, MBA, BSN, RN, CNO
VP of Clinical Solutions, Hospital IQ
Shawn is the VP of Clinical Solutions and CNO for Hospital IQ. She is a Registered Nurse and has more than 30 years combined clinical and consulting experience including healthcare administrative leadership, clinical transformation, process redesign, quality improvement and cost structure improvements in Surgical, Emergency, Endoscopy, Critical Care, Anesthesia Services and Care Coordination. Prior to joining Hospital IQ, Shawn was a Director at Price Waterhouse Coopers’ Health Advisory practice.
Deb Tse
Senior Solution Design Consultant, Hospital IQ
Debra Tse is the Senior Solution Design Consultant, bringing 10 years of healthcare and consulting experience to Hospital IQ. She focuses on the discovery and implementation process, working closely with clients to understand their goals and lead them to success. Prior to joining Hospital IQ, Deb was a Senior Associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Health Advisory practice where she specialized in data-driven operational improvement and transformations across perioperative and inpatient areas.

Deb holds a BA from Wellesley College.
Carrie Shapiro, CMP
Senior Conference Manager
Carrie Shapiro, CMP is the Senior Conference Manager for the OR Manager Conference and OR Business Management Conference. She has more than 25 years of experience in business-to-business media organizing trade shows, conferences and industry events.
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