You only need to have performed a single operation as a surgeon to understand how many elements you need to control in the operating room so that everything goes as expected. And the best tool you can have on your side when you want to have all the ORs under control is the doctor preference cards.
Don’t worry if you are not yet familiar with these tools and need some preference card examples. Here we will review the general notions to the main arguments why you should start using them.
A preference card is nothing more than a kind of catalog containing the tools, surgical material, and a specific OR configuration. You can think of it as a card that includes a particular set of instructions about a surgeon’s preferences on how his OR should be set up for different types of medical procedures.
Today, with advances in technology, it is common for surgeons to have their preference cards electronically. And although it has been a step forward in many cases and has served to improve the way things have been done, there is still a big problem that most surgeons detect in this type of tool.
Some 80% of surgeons have had problems with the accuracy of their preference card. This is not a minor problem, as it directly affects what happens inside the operating room.
As most surgeons split their time between different medical institutions, there are many opportunities to confuse the information loaded to the card.
How do you choose the best preference card to avoid this? There are a couple of things to look for if you are looking for the best option, but the most crucial factor is going to be the integrations that your preference card provider has.
In order to overcome the problem of accuracy, at PrefCards, we have worked to design a solution that is easy to update, prioritizes readability, is cross-platform, and is highly customizable. We believe that the answer to the problems faced by 80% of surgeons is the standardization of surgical preference cards.
And the preference card standardization that we work for at PrefCard is what can allow you to have peace of mind knowing that you can be fully confident that you will have everything you need in the operating room to perform any operation, regardless of the medical institution where you have to complete the procedure.
Our preference cards connect natively to more than 80 EHRs, among which are:
- Athena Health
- eClinical Works
- GE Centricity
- Greenway Health
Our solutions not only make the use of resources in the healthcare system more efficient, they directly impact the work of surgeons and, by extension, the life and recovery of their patients. The preference cards we design and produce at PrefCards are the foundation for more effective operating rooms and better healthcare facilities.
If you would like to try our preference cards, sign up for a free surgeon account, request a demo, call us, or contact us online: https://demo.prefcards.com/?_ga=2.33395960.711769887.1630815588-1036022301.1630815588