The Nurse and Physician Leadership at Surgical Directions will discuss the functional and tactical role analytics plays in their daily management and decision making. Not all data are required all the time. Given the volume of information that abounds in the procedural services and perioperative arenas, knowing exactly what data to focus on and for which tasks and objectives can be overwhelming. Moreover, having a peer-to-peer lens is crucial to driving behavioral change as well as adopting and understanding such change. As such, our clinical experts will outline the specific ways they work with their nursing and physician peers to leverage analytics and drive meaningful, measurable benefits into the operating room.

About Surgical Directions
Surgical Directions is a healthcare solutions company that transforms the performance and productivity of health systems’ perioperative and procedural services. Whether to improve the bottom line, drive greater patient throughput, minimize surgical leakage, and support burned out teams, Surgical Directions has the people, consulting, and analytical capabilities to deliver meaningful change. We have deployed a peer-to-peer model, leveraging our combined clinical and administrative expertise, to enable measurable, positive benefits at more than 400 healthcare organizations across the country.
  • Learn how nurse and physician leaders utilize analytics to accomplish personal and departmental goals
  • Share tips and recommendations for which metrics to focus on and for exactly which tasks
  • Understand how a peer-to-peer model enables adoption, usage, and positive change in the OR among nurses and physicians
Kartik Bhatt
Manager of Customer Experience & Success
Kartik works closely with our clients to optimize their experience with Merlin, Surgical Directions’ perioperative analytics solution. He also works in lockstep with our product design and development team to translate client feedback into new product features, helping to ensure that Merlin meets the shifting needs of our clients. Kartik received both his undergraduate degree as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Thomas Blasco
Senior Managing Physician Director
Thomas Blasco MD, MS, has 40+ years of clinical experience as an anesthesiologist/intensivist working in and managing tertiary care level hospital operating rooms, critical care units and free-standing ASCs.
Anne Cole
SVP of Nursing
Anne is a senior vice president of perioperative nursing and recognized for the ability to be a change agent. Prior to joining Surgical Directions, her perioperative experience of more than 30 years included main OR, PACU, PAT, ambulatory, GI, central sterile, and women’s health labor and delivery within hospitals in a systems and independent community settings, as well as for-profit free standing surgery centers.
Sharon Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
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