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The introduction of the Torin Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionality is intended to improve efficiency in managing schedules for surgical procedures and follows a new Getinge survey.
FREMONT, CA: Getinge, a leading global provider of products and solutions that help improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare and life sciences, launches Torin with AI in the United States. Additionally, the company announces the results of a ground-breaking survey of hospital executives and surgeons in the United States, showing hospitals are accelerating, hiring new staff and requiring staff to work longer hours to address backlogs.
“For almost 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic, both surgeons and patients made decisions to defer many forms of surgery if possible. As more patients feel confident about considering surgery, demand to schedule procedures at all types of hospitals and surgery centers has exploded in recent months,” says Eric Honroth, President, North America at Getinge. “While hospitals can take steps to hire more people and have staff work longer hours to address this backlog, they must also look at the most effective technology options to improve scheduling efficiency and utilization of resources.”
Getinges Torin software leverages artificial intelligence technology to improve the speed and efficiency of surgical procedure schedule significantly. Torin was launched in 2020 as a new resource to assist with surgical procedure planning, management, and optimization. Torin's capabilities in critical areas such as predicting surgery times, managing waitlists, and data security have been significantly expanded by introducing a new suite of advanced functions today. The system can produce highly accurate timing estimates for surgical procedures based on various variables, including the type of surgery, patient data, relevant devices, and staffing. In addition, according to clinical and resource parameters, the software ranks pending methods to alleviate scheduling backlogs, proposes optimized pre-schedules, and integrates the process with existing scheduling functionality.
“The new capabilities now available with Torin are specifically designed to help hospitals and surgery centers address many areas that are major challenges, including accurate assessments of surgery times, scheduling and waitlist management, applications of mobile devices and data security requirements based on their specific pre-requisites,” says Charlotte Enlund, Vice President Integrated Workflow Solutions at Getinge. “For long term acute care facilities, which our study found to be extraordinarily challenged by surgical backlog, we are happy to offer support with Torin OptimalQ, our stand-alone tool, for quick relief in planning and optimizing the waiting list.”
“With thousands of patients facing delays in surgeries because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to improve scheduling efficiencies has never been more essential,” says Eric Honroth. “Advances in AI technology can play a central role in a comprehensive plan to address these backlogs and can help to improve efficiency and lower costs for hospitals and surgery centers.”