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Comparative Analysis of the Leading Methods for Optimizing Operating Room Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness

Kravitz, Matthew (2022) Comparative Analysis of the Leading Methods for Optimizing Operating Room Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Healthcare systems exist in a constant stage of transformation. With increasing pressure to prioritize high-quality care with low-cost, operating rooms within health systems become increasingly targeted for improvement. Operating rooms have become a focal point for providing financial stability since they are the staple for generating payments for the hospital. A hospital that maximizes the efficiency of the operating room will reap the benefits for the healthcare system. Providers are working strenuously to see high volumes of patients, and administrators have immense pressure to keep costs low while maintaining optimal outcomes. This requires working together to find methods and strategies that can help operating rooms function with benefit to both parties.
This paper examines the various methods to maximize operating room efficiency from multiple avenues. The different approaches have varying financial impacts and effectiveness depending on the type of hospital. Rural and urban hospitals have different functionalities and need to maximize their operating rooms accordingly. After reviewing the literature on seven methods used to improve the operating room, a comparative analysis will be conducted based on five essential process improvement (KPI) methods for each technique. Upon learning the roles of each KPI method in operating room improvement methodologies, a leading method will be declared for two types of healthcare systems (rural and urban). Overall, to combat the increasing financial crisis occurring in the United States health system, operating rooms will become the center of attention to maximize the high payments that result from surgical procedures.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kravitz, Matthewmak475@pitt.edumak475
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBroom, Kevinkevinbroom@pitt.edukevinbroomUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberJenna, Carlsonjnc35@pitt.edujnc35UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberAnnmarie, Lyonslyonsa@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 12 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 39
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 17:09
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 17:09


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