Operating Theatre Resource


Contributed by SingHealth and NUHS

How might we have real-time oversight and overview of resources (manpower, infrastructure, equipment, operating rooms) and patient movement across the perioperative setting?

The Operating Theatre (OT) is a costly resource in an acute hospital. Optimising the utilisation of OT resources may lead to a reduction in wait time to surgery thereby increasing access to care for patients. Currently, scheduling and utilisation of OT resources such as manpower, equipment, infrastructure (including operating rooms) are optimised manually. This challenge is exacerbated as a result of last-minute surgical cancellations due to no-shows or patients falling ill on the day of surgery.

We envision a platform with real-time visibility and oversight of resources and patient movement.  This platform would enhance our ability to optimise OT utilisation through the use of visualisation tools and predictive capabilities. There are opportunities to leverage AI to better predict the risk of cancellation, so that appropriate decisions and action may be taken. The outcome is to optimise freed-up OT slots.  This may improve access to care for patients who require an urgent procedure, whilst generating significant cost savings for the hospital.