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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2018

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Try before you buy James Stannard, MD, medical director of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute in Columbia, knew the video system in his 7-year-old facility was reaching the end of its lifespan. "We were faced with a choice — upgrade with the same vendor or opt for a new one," says Dr. Stannard. He had 4 vendors, including a rep from the maker of the facility's original imaging system, come in to pitch the features and benefits of their products. Trying out the systems before making a decision had a big influence on which vendors made the final cut. Only 2 of the ven- dors brought in systems that the surgeons could check out during their pitches. When it came down to deciding which system to go with, the 2 vendors who brought in platforms the surgeons could trial were the only ones Dr. Stannard and his colleagues considered. "We let our orthopedic surgeons decide which system they liked best and ended up going with a different vendor," says Dr. Stannard. The new vendor offered a 4K system that had remarkably better pic- ture quality than their old 1080p HD system. Missouri Orthopaedic didn't spend more to switch vendors. "One system had a more expensive maintenance contract, while the other had a higher up-front cost," explains Dr. Stannard. "So the total invest- ment ended up being roughly equivalent." It's admittedly difficult to trial video platforms if the space where they'll be used hasn't been built yet. Henderson (Nev.) Hospital is part of a large, established healthcare chain. When the hospital's leader- ship began planning to build a new surgery center, they had already spent years trialing different video platforms in their sister facilities. They knew exactly what features they needed — superior image qual- ity for the surgeons and a user-friendly interface for the staff — but that didn't mean they knew exactly what they were getting when con- 3 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 8

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