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Operating rooms are among hospitals' largest cost centers – yet they also generate more than 50% of their annual revenue. Physician preference cards are an essential part of every surgical service department as they contain detailed information about each surgeon’s preferences for medical supplies, instruments and room set up for surgery. Inaccurate information can result in improper room setups that create supply waste, increase labor costs and delay patient care.

As your strategic partner, we provide a comprehensive and sustainable optimization and management process to ensure long-term accuracy of your physician preference cards.

To speed time to project delivery, Vizient delivers an integrated solution with next-generation in-house technology, data assets and subject matter expertise. This powerful combination helps providers create more efficient workflows, reduce waste and unwarranted clinical variation, improve staff and physician satisfaction and enable clinicians to prioritize care delivery.

Our leading technology

Vizient’s in-house platform continuously monitors preference card quality, automatically generates actionable guidance and identifies savings opportunities. This helps providers identify opportunities to reduce unwarranted clinical variation across similar procedures and create operational efficiencies, leading to fewer wasted supplies and room set up delays, greater billing accuracy and opportunities for standardization across procedures, all of which can positively impact clinical outcomes and revenue.

Additionally, our new technology enhances Vizient's ability to help providers digitize the supply chain to create workflows that are safer and more efficient, reducing patient time in the operating room and enabling clinicians to prioritize care delivery.

Our physician preference card optimization approach utilizes a four-step process
  1. Assess — using technology to evaluate preference card spend data and conduct a review of clinical preference card processes through observations and interviews
  2. Design — collaboratively develop a strategy to improve preference card accuracy and maintenance
  3. Deploy — implement the strategy developed
  4. Sustain — establish a sustainment plan

Success stories and insights

University of Washington Medical Center

Optimizing physician preference cards supports ongoing operational efficiencies and cost savings

Physician Preference Cards: How a Small Card Can Lead to Big Savings in The Operating Room

Pursuing physician preference card optimization as a strategy to uncover hidden savings

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