Doctor preference cards are widely used in operating rooms throughout the United States for their practical benefits. These cards are basically a means of storing specific information about what a surgeon needs in his or her operating room to perform a procedure successfully.
Some of the examples of information that can be included in preference cards are: materials and medical tools needed, staff required and their location in the operating room, the patient’s position, and more.
With PrefCards technology, the levels of personalization reach very high levels that allow surgeons to be in almost total control of their operating room with ease.
Preference card standardization is what has allowed several healthcare facilities to dramatically improve their results while reducing waste and resource misallocation expenses, so it is only natural that other healthcare facilities would also want to catch up with the latest technology when it comes to this issue.
Implementing these tools correctly can be very beneficial to a medical institution, but doing it incorrectly can result in a number of problems that will aggravate the efficiency and operation of the operating rooms.
In order to successfully implement standardization of surgical preference cards strategy, a medical facility must take into account a number of factors that significantly influence the results of implementing these cards. Let’s see:
Take care of the card elements and their layout
Preference cards need to be clear and legible in order to achieve their purpose, which is to communicate instructions in a particular way. For that, it is necessary that all the elements are arranged in a way that facilitates their legibility.
These are the most essential elements of a preference card:
- Important notes
- Personalized notes
- Inventory (with images and number of items)
- Item prices
- Highlight the most expensive items
- Notes per item
Make sure you have cloud-based technology
One of the biggest problems with conventional preference cards is the difficulty of keeping them updated in real-time. With cloud-based technology, it is much easier to have the levels of accuracy that surgeons need at all times.
Make your card mobile-friendly
Mobile devices are practically an extension of us today. The chances of preference cards being read from a small screen are much greater than you might imagine. That’s why designing them with mobile devices as a priority adds a lot to their readability and avoids errors.
Take advantage of the possibility of sharing the card
Another element that makes preference card implementation strategies successful is adding the ability to share the cards in a read-only version via a URL address. This allows you to include this link in communication with providers or essential members of the medical team, such as anesthesiologists.
At PrefCards, we have helped medical centers stay ahead of the curve when it comes to managing their resources through preference cards.
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