Darwin helps build better, more accurate preference cards. It predicts the surgical supplies that will be used next time a particular case is performed. Oftentimes, preference cards that contain the specific supplies a surgeon needs go years without updates because of the difficulty and inefficiency involved with updating them. Darwin provides an accessible user interface to stay current.
Preference cards include the picklist a surgeon develops for a given procedure. Cards include their personal preferences, supply items they need for the surgery, and frequently list specific supply vendors they want to use. After the cards are initially completed, nurses are responsible for collecting the supply items for each surgery, as well as maintaining the cards. LEARN MORE »
It’s expensive to scramble in the OR. Every minute counts. Current preference cards better ensure surgical teams have exactly what they need. This reduces time in surgery. Getting the supplies right lowers supply costs. Darwin has shown a 22% decrease in supply costs vs. the status quo to date. LEARN MORE »
Since the decision-maker for the card (the surgeon) only indirectly feels the frustration of the card being inaccurate, and the cards themselves are tedious to update, most preference cards go years without updates. As a result, many items are wasted or missing. When picklists are not accurate, nurses must run out to retrieve missing items, or find themselves opening and throwing out expensive items for hygiene reasons.
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There is substantial list variation between surgeons as they rarely coordinate which vendors or items to use. This leaves some surgeons using more expensive or lower quality items for similar surgeries. It also makes it harder for the vendor negotiators to buy in bulk or lower prices for the hospital. LEARN MORE »
Darwin displays the various supplies used in the OR and their corresponding costs. It provides recommendations for improved supply management and makes clear suggestions for improving pick lists. We’ve found service leads who are looking at the recommendations usually adopt them immediately. However, we also provide supporting evidence to show why the recommendation was made. We show usage of an item over time and a graph of the quantity used per surgery. LEARN MORE »
In addition to the UI, we support our clients with consulting. We work to explain the UI, coordinate the service leads, create reports on demand, and explore revenue capture improvements. We have found that sometimes supplies aren’t charged despite being used. LEARN MORE »