Miami VA Healthcare System Named “Analytics All Star” for Innovative Use
of LiveData Technology in Healthcare Improvement
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
today congratulated the Miami VA Healthcare System for receiving Health
Data Management’stop Award for Patient Safety Project of the
Year. The award recognizes the impact that OR-Dashboard with Active Time
Out, LiveData’s operational intelligence and patient
safety solution, has had during its first year in use at the Bruce
W. Carter VA Medical Center in Miami.
The U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) initiatives to ensure
correct surgery and improve operating room efficiency inspired
leadership at the Miami VA Healthcare System to use a technology-enabled
solution to improve patient safety, care quality, and operational
efficiency. As part of these initiatives, in June 2013, Miami VA
implemented LiveData OR-Dashboard with Active Time Out (ATO) in all ten
of its operating rooms to automate case workflow, surgical
safety checklists, and integrate patient data with VistA (Veterans
Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture). VistA is the
VA’s Health Information Technology system that provides an integrated
inpatient and outpatient electronic health record for VA patients.
Time Out is a comprehensive tool that automates the workflow of the
surgical safety checklist and captures real-time data to provide a
“deeper dive” set of analytics around the specific safety process for
each and every surgical case. Before implementation, practices of manual
audits and spot checks of fewer than 5% of surgical cases were nominal
for improvements in outcomes and safety.
“A tried-but-true management adage is that you cannot improve what you
don’t measure. Real-time data and automated analytics give us the tools
we need to learn more about our processes so that we can continually
improve our services to Veterans,” said Seth A. Spector, MD, Associate
Chief of Staff for Perioperative Services and Chief of Surgery, Miami VA
Healthcare System. “It is an honor to have our commitment to quality
health care recognized by Health Data Management.”
The Miami VA verified that one month after implementation, surgical
safety checklist compliance increased. In November, Time Out averaged
58.7 seconds confirming that checklists were being completed actively
and completely. First case on-time starts, a key efficiency measure,
were only 37 percent in June 2013. Analysis of delays and remedial
action moved first case on-time starts to 82% by November.
The implementation at the Miami VA Healthcare System combines KARL
STORZ Endoscopy-America OR1® software suite and Document
Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS) VistA integration, to provide
comprehensive real-time data from electronic medical records, nursing,
surgery, and anesthesia systems with surgical video, PACS images, and
lab reports. Images and data are displayed side by side on large
wall-mounted screens providing every member of the OR team with clear
and immediate access to critical information about the patient,
procedure, and equipment. DSS, Inc. provides seamless integration of
commercial-off-the-shelf solutions that improve quality and productivity
“The OR-Dashboard system at Bruce W. Carter Medical Center, and its
associated data analytics, support continued process improvement and
vigilance to ensure all surgery and invasive procedures are performed on
the correct patient, at the correct site, and if applicable, with the
correct implant,” said Dr. Spector. “Analysis of first case on-time
starts support improved operational efficiency and better utilization of
OR resources. Improved utilization has enabled more cases to be handled
in the facility, reducing the length of wait times for surgery for
HDM’s inaugural Analytics All Stars program recognizes organizations and
individuals implementing analytics in innovative ways to improve the
health of their patients and the financial performance of their
“What really stood out about VA Miami's analytical program is how
the initiative led to enormous improvements in a very short timeframe,"
according to Greg Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief at Health Data Management.
"Too often analytics yield useful insights that don't get acted upon;
the fact that VA Miami launched a comprehensive program and the surgical
staff embraced the new workflows to improve safety shows how
well-designed the technology effort was, coupled with effective
leadership that pushed the effort to the clinical front lines."
LiveData, Inc. is a leading innovator in
real-time operational intelligence solutions. The company’s healthcare
solutions gather real-time data from across the perioperative suite,
coordinate it with team workflow, and present it as meaningful
information on easy-to-read, graphic displays. Leading medical
institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and
Veterans Health Administration facilities have selected LiveData
solutions to improve patient safety, team communication, and
perioperative efficiency. LiveData is headquartered in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.livedata.com.
LiveData, OR-Dashboard, and Active Time Out are trademarks of LiveData.
All other marks are the property of their respective owners, and are
used for identification purposes only.
Edward Bride, 413-442-7718
Source: LiveData Inc.