The operating room at Stockholm Södersjukhuset Hospital was created as a center of excellence to test and learn to adopt new medical technologies that will match the needs of the rapidly developing surgery. Having a real curiosity about the specific needs of each member of the surgical team is key. Healthcare facilities need providers that will partner with them from the planning phase until implementation. The patient experience improvement strategies are ever more vital in today’s healthcare planning.

Patients first

‘First listen, then speak!’ This approach has been imbibed by ALVO Medical over many years and has been consistently promoted internally so that all its employees understand why the company is doing something, not just how. Planning the integrated OR in Södersjukhuset Hospital, ALVO Medical didn’t focus on the possibilities from technological side, but on functions that would have a clinical meaning.
OR integration is no longer about setting operating tables or adjusting surgical lights and other medical devices. It is more about integrating video sources and making sure that all visuals (HD, 4K, 3D) are properly displayed, saved or shared. Surgical teams have taken note of the digital revolution, and are interested in having patient data from hospital information systems and PACS, and checklists, integrated into OR workflows. ALVO is constantly working on improvements, adding on or simplifying, to make sure that ALVO Integra helps our customers achieve better clinical outcomes. We try to avoid the risk of becoming too tailored or too unique to the point that we lose the core of the product, but we try to focus on the tasks and challenges of surgical teams and help them organize surgeries that would maximize safety, reliability, and clinical and economic results. In this aspect, our OR management control solution ALVO Integra represents the human-centered planning approach.

In the modern OR environment, surgical teams work with equipment from a wide range of manufacturers and each medical device has to be independently controlled. Responding to feedback from surgical teams on how confusing this can be, most OR integrators in the market are now demonstrating their openness to working with various manufacturers. Cross-disciplinary OR integration between independent equipment providers is probably one of the key market insights today, and partnerships are central to ALVO’s marketing strategy. ALVO has completed compatibility tests with the Dräger Polaris 600 surgical light, announcing reliable integration, certified by both manufacturers. Customers can control all of the significant parameters of the Dräger light from the ALVO Integra control unit, too, reassured by the reputation for technical expertise, precision, and reliability offered by both vendors.