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Published on May 30, 2014
The operating room is one of the most complex care environments in medicine today. The body's most basic homeostatic functions are taken off-line while invasive but potentially lifesaving procedures are performed. These substantial benefits must always be balanced by the inherent risks. The disparate systems and myriad of people working in, and flowing through the operating room provide a unique opportunity for technological risk mitigation and efficiency enhancement.
The individual abilities to identify the location, characteristics and availability of resources in real time are useful, but not revolutionary. It is the integration of these technologies into the workflow that enables transformation.
Incorporating Real-time locating systems (RTLS) for personnel; medical devices; and durable and disposable equipment into the surgical encounter enables a new level of automated documentation and harm reduction strategies.
The operating room in the Intelligent Healthcare Pavilion at HIMSS 2014 showcased what a modern, technologically integrated surgical environment could look like. This simulation demonstrated realistic clinical scenarios and working technological systems to Clinical medical professionals, healthcare executives, and healthcare IT innovators.
Howard Landa, M.D. trained in urology at UCSD and Pediatric Urology at Texas Children's. In 1990 he joined the Loma Linda University to practice and developed his interest in medical informatics, becoming Director, Medical Informatics in 1996. He joined Kaiser Hawaii in 2001 and became CMIO in 2005. He led the implementation of their EHR attaining HIMSS level 6 then 7. In 2009 he became the CMIO of the Alameda County Medical Center. He has been the Program Director and Vice-Chair of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) since 1997; the Chair of the HIMSS/AMDIS Physician Community 2011-2013; and was named one of the top 25 Clinical Informatacists in 2010-12.