Dr. Keley John Booth says he has the ability to help local medical providers take a quantum leap when it comes to delivering surgical care more efficiently.
Booth is the founder of Surgery Logistics and chair of the Integris Health Southwest Medical Center anesthesia department.
For the past 15 years, when he’s not working with patients, he’s been developing software and integrating technology to improve the flow of surgeries.
It’s akin to to the type of flight-time tracking the airline industry employs. Bottlenecks can be tracked in real time, allowing processes to be smoothed out to maximize efficiency.
Booth says the average hospital receives more than 60% of its revenues from surgical care. Figuring out how to make that process run more smoothly is a multibillion-dollar question.
“Literally, from the moment patients walk in the door, we have problems, and it’s what I came to refer to as the logistics of the health care environment. And it is something that is largely ignored in most facilities within our health care system today,” Booth says.
In 2011, he moved his company to a business incubator at Moore Norman Technology Center’s Business Development Center. He
created a full-scale operating room suite, complete with medical-grade
equipment, to help clients get a feel for what’s going on.
Or what’s not going on.
have people showing up for surgery at noon, and then waiting one, two
or three hours,” he says. When the flow of surgery improves, patients
won’t be subjected to long waits, their anxiety.
Under Booth’s system, patients are tracked from the moment they enter the
facility, and their progress along the way is communicated via
smartphones, tablets and touchscreen computers to each member of the
anesthesiologists, nurses and support staff are notified in real time
of the status of patients, or of any delays. Staff can communicate in a
matter of seconds throughout the entire department.
Booth calls it the “future” of operations, but one that’s available today if providers choose it.