A recent survey found that a majority of hospital executives believe that improved healthcare IT will help increase efficiency in the OR and facilitate success.

According to a recent survey conducted by the independent polling organization Penn Shoen Berland, a majority of hospital executives expect health information technology (IT) to increase efficiency, manage workflow and drive successful outcomes in the operating room (OR).

Responses were taken from 142 hospital decision makers, including CEOs, COOs and CFOs. Results showed that 79 percent believe that IT solutions will facilitate success in the OR and an overwhelming 96 percent said that it will be instrumental in recruiting quality doctors and nurses.

John Antes, president of Barnes Jewish Progress West Healthcare Center, said in a recent Healthcare IT News article that an OR is the financial engine of any hospital and it needs to run smoothly in order for the entire organization to be successful.

"Investing in perioperative technology that improves efficiencies, supports cost reduction efforts and promotes patient safety is imperative for the success of the OR and the hospital," Antes said. 

Further proof of the increased use of technologies in hospitals was Minnesota dethroning Massachusetts as having the highest rate of e-prescribing use, according to the seventh annual Surescripts' Safe-Rx Awards.

Harry Totonis, president and CEO of Surescripts, told the news source that Minnesota has made impressive gains in the adoption and use of all three aspects of e-prescribing - prescription routing and the utilization of benefit information and medication history.

To ensure that any new additions to a hospital or healthcare services provider can adequately handle the changing types of technology, HR managers and company leaders should consider using a basic computer skills test in the hiring process.  

In addition, employment assessment tests will help find individuals who have the necessary skills to hit the ground running when new technologies are instituted, which will push an organization forward. 

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