The Globe and Mail: New tech aims to slash hospital surgery wait times

November 23, 2016 –  For several years, health-care teams at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto focused on speeding up turnaround times in operating rooms to avoid having to postpone surgeries at the end of a shift. But there were still days that the staff had to break the news to patients who had prepared emotionally that they’d have to come back another day. Thanks to the findings of a computer analysis of patient care, hospital teams discovered an effective solution: Be sure to start the day on time.

“As computers have become more capable of crunching and comparing large sets of data, patterns emerge that we couldn’t see before,” says Michael Carter, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Read more at The Globe and Mail.

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