Streamlining the Operating Room

Project Detail

Client: A regional health system

Business Area: Operating Rooms

Opportunity: Streamline operating room cycle time to increase utilization rates and patient throughput

Approach: Lean Redesign

Findings: Scheduling processes were too inflexible, and communication was poor; much of open time was due to over-scheduling; proactive tracking and communication of open time allowed for more flexibility


  • Improved OR time utilization from 69% to 86%
  • Financial impact of $1.3 million (annualized)

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