Long Island Business News
May 22, 2013
North Shore-LIJ Installs Operating Room Cameras
by Claude Solnik
The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is expanding its use of cameras in operating rooms in an effort to improve safety and efficiency.
The system, which first installed cameras in eight operating rooms in Forest Hills Hospital in March, plans to set up cameras in 20 more operating rooms in the system by June.
North Shore-LIJ already uses video monitoring to track hand-washing compliance at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.
But the system described the new pilot program as the first time “remote video auditing” has been used in a surgical setting.
Health care providers have long used cameras as part of technology used in operations, letting physicians detect diseases. And cameras have long served as sentinels, providing security.
But these cameras, which will be monitored by a third party, are designed to provide an additional layer of oversight, making sure rooms are properly cleaned and ensuring surgical teams take “timeouts” before beginning procedures.
They also could increase efficiency regarding use of rooms, by alerting cleaning crews when surgery is nearing completion and alerting providers when rooms are ready for the next case.
North American Partners in Anesthesia partnered with Mount Kisco, N.Y.-based Arrowsight, which provides the software and monitoring, for the cameras at North Shore-LIJ.
“We believe that third-party RVA can provide our hospitals with strong, sustainable tools to improve patient safety,” Dr. John DiCapua, the system’s chairman of anesthesiology, said in a written statement.
DDiCapua plans on submitting an academic study based on the project for publication in 2014.
The system found in a 2011 study that using video monitoring improved hand hygiene rates to nearly 90 percent in less than four weeks.
“Hand washing compliance rates were consistently low despite educational efforts,” Dr. Martin A. Makary wrote of North Shore University Hospital in a paper on monitoring. “In response to these low rates, the hospital took an assertive approach to solving the problem by installing cameras to monitor hand washing rates.”
Compliance rose from 6.5 percent to 81.6 percent, according to Makery. Arrowsight said it has improved hand washing rates in general from below 30 percent to above 90 percent.
North Shore-LIJ said that at Forest Hills Hospital, providers obtained nearly perfect scores for surgical timeout compliance within a week.
“It is my hope that others in the health care industry will see how RVA technology is a proven method for increased patient safety as it has been in other industries,” Arrowsight CEO Adam Aronson said.
In addition to health care, Arrowsight’s video monitoring services are used in food processing, food services and manufacturing.