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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 2 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • Be responsive. Don't let innovative ideas leave you in their wake. When you sense something unusual, a better mousetrap that can't be ignored, stand up and take notice. • Be daring. You don't beat your competitors by being more efficient at the same processes, but by discovering new processes. It's not a me-too game. Which brings us to what could be the latest disruptive technology to hit surgery. A new software company called Cohealo wants to bring the sharing economy to the operating room. It hopes to do for capital equipment what Uber has done to transportation — stream- line it using the sharing economy. The premise: Health systems share medical equipment. Rather than each of the 5 hospitals in a health system buying an "underutilized asset" like a laser cataract system or a fracture table, for example, they all share one. "Medical equipment is a major financial blind spot for hospitals and health systems," says Mark Slaughter, CEO and founder of Cohealo, who used to sell robotic and laparoscopic surgical equipment. "They often spend tens of millions of dollars annually on medical equipment purchases and rentals. But this equipment sits idle almost 60% of the time and its use is typically limited to a single hospital site. With Cohealo, health systems can manage their equipment centrally and make it available on-demand across all of their facilities — wherever E D I T O R ' S P A G E InstaPoll Like Uber, does it make sense for facilities within the same health system to share surgical equipment with each other? yes 82% no 18% SOURCE: Outpatient Surgery Magazine InstaPoll, August 2015, n=285

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