In the OR, efficiency is key.

We like to think that creating an efficient OR is like composing music for a symphony orchestra.


Efficiency in the Operating Room

An operating room can generate significant revenue for a hospital. In fact, The OR accounts for up to 60 percent of a hospital’s revenue and some 35‐40 percent of its expenses, according to the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). But if it’s not running as efficiently as possible, an operating room can quickly transform from one of the most profitable areas of a hospital into one of the most expensive ones to manage.

Characteristics of an Efficient OR

We like to think that creating an efficient OR is much like composing music for a symphony orchestra. The instruments must be in tune, the rhythm succinct. If one instrument is out of tune or loses the beat, it will throw off the entire performance. The OR has a lot of intricate moving parts—staffing, scheduling, supplies, and equipment. If any of these are out of sync, it could result in less-than-optimal patient and/or financial outcomes. In an OR, every person’s role impacts the entire team, and each is critical to the success of the surgery.


Here are some characteristics of an efficient OR:

Full and transparent communication within the OR team. There are fewer places less stressful than an operating room, especially during complicated, high stakes surgery. Timely communication is vital, as it could mean life or death. SpecialtyCare clinicians are trained to stay calm under pressure so they can quickly communicate any information that will assist the surgeon.

Well-coordinated schedules of top talent. Adequately staffing surgery with a team that represents the skillset needed for the case at hand is an essential part of OR efficiency. Scheduling the right people at the right time can lead to great employee satisfaction, gap eliminations, and better overall productivity.

Organized, ready and reliable tools and equipment. Time is of the essence in an OR so avoiding any delays by extensively prepping the OR space can avoid unnecessary downtime. Our sterile processing consulting department establishes benchmarks for our partners to track progress towards higher quality services and regulatory compliance, including tray errors, cart errors, IUS rate and case delays. By conducting ongoing audits and assessments, we help ensure continual compliance and improvement.

If any one of these elements is not up to par, the surgical teams cannot perform at their best and patient care suffers.

SpecialtyCare OR Insight

SpecialtyCare understands that both outstanding clinical care and efficient repeatable processes are vital to creating operating rooms of excellence. Improvements targeting just one procedure per day, per operating room can mean an extra $4 to $7 million in revenue.

SpecialtyCare OR Insight is just one more way we add value to our clients and help them make informed decisions for their OR that are backed by data. This user-friendly analytics system can help hospitals improve efficiency in perioperative performance by enabling perioperative leaders to optimize their staff and OR utilization while standardizing supplies and implant use across surgeons. Using that data in addition to SCOPE, the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry®, gives SpecialtyCare customers an unmatched ability to determine benchmarks, implement best practices, and compare performance. All of this helps improve medical and economic outcomes.