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Efficiency for ORs

Hospitals around the nation have adopted ways to help alleviate delays in operating rooms.

By Courtney Humphries // Infographic by Carl Detorres // Fall 2012
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In a recent essay in The New England Journal of Medicine, Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg urged hospitals to “rely on systems engineering and operations research to smooth the flow of patients through the health care system.” Those are the tools that make assembly lines, fast-food restaurants and other industries run efficiently—but which health care has been slow to adopt. Here's how hospitals have made headway with OR scheduling.

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