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flow. The team found that providers remain focused on the patient while requesting information or calling out commands. She says members of the hospital's surgical team have expressed interest in being able to access clinical information or call up MRI and CT images in the middle of the case without diverting their atten- tion from the patient or breaking sterile tech- nique to click a computer's mouse. With a smart speaker in the room, a member of the team would theoretically be able to call out a com- mand to have images displayed on a monitor in the room or request that the speaker relay perti- nent info from the patient's medical record. "We're also exploring the potential of using smart speakers to verbally document events throughout a case such as the time of the first incision," says Ms. Lindenauer. For example, they noticed a member of Boston Children's surgical team would shout out the time of the first incision to the circulating nurse, who'd jot the time down on a whiteboard for later entry into the surgical record. If a smart speaker was in the room, the time would be automatically documented as soon as the team member called it out. Smart speakers could even be used to prompt the surgical team through each element of the safety checklist during the time out and automati- cally document that each step was completed. Ms. Lindenauer is exploring ways to leverage smart speak- A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 9

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