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Electronic medical records improve operating room scheduling

News-Medical.net, March 10, 2009
A physician in Iowa has devised a way to use electronic medical data to help control costs associated with operating room and anesthesia scheduling. The changes help OR managers better estimate how long a particular case will last, making it easier and more cost-efficient to schedule subsequent cases in the same room, says Franklin Dexter, MD, an University of Iowa physician and expert in operations research.