BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc. (IMS) announces that it has developed the countrys first platform that focuses on instrument readiness. Through passion, commitment and expertise, IMS addresses the pains and frustrations expressed by hospital surgical staff and the need for surgical instruments to be ready when they are ready to operate.
Ensuring that all instruments in a set are properly processed at the start of a surgical case continues to be a challenge. The new instrumentReady platform means IMS works with healthcare facilities to ensure that instruments are ready when the surgical team is ready said Gene Robinson, CEO of IMS. It means that the IMS teams, processes, services, technology and infrastructure create an increase in the state of readiness of the healthcare facility.
Studies show that the lack of available and functional instruments could affect patient safety and also increases the stress level of surgical nurses and staff. Not having instruments ready reduces the number of surgeries able to be performed on a daily basis, and therefore, decreases revenue and profitability. According to an AORN Journal study (December 2005), an average sized hospital (approximately 250 beds) can increase its bottom line by $4 million to $7 million by adding just one operating procedure per day for a year. Having instruments ready saves lives and time, and enhances the bottom line of healthcare facilities across the country.
IMS became aware of this healthcare industry pain and took action to address the problem. Over the past 18 months, weve brought together hundreds of surgeons, nurses, and administrators throughout the United States to ask them how we could serve them better, said Robinson. They told us that one of their top challenges had to do with instruments not being ready when the surgical team was ready to operate.
This lack of instrument readiness inspired a new march and direction for the company. Utilizing 16 years experience of working with healthcare facilities, IMS developed the instrumentReady platform which involves carefully reviewing instrument usage and the number of times instruments are handled within the facility.
The instrumentReady platform offers different levels of readiness tailored to customers needs, versus the typical repair and service focus, and features the IMS MilestoneÂ® process.Â MilestoneÂ® is a proactive approach that measures and reviews progress towards a higher state of readiness. The instrumentReady platform allows healthcare facilities to increase the number of surgery cases, maximize instrument performance, and simplify the operating staffs job by not having to search for and locate the instruments.
More than 2,000 healthcare facilities throughout the United States have partnered with IMS.Â Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., with labs in Florida, Alabama, Arizona, and California, IMS employs more than 600 professionals nationwide. IMS works with facilities to help increase surgical caseload capacity maximize instrument performance and simplify the operating room environment thereby reducing frustration and minimizing downtime associated with instruments that are not ready.