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Luis Salazar
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Hello all,

Hope you all had a good thanksgiving. Sorry for the lack of activity on this project. After a very helpful meeting with a surgeon in my hospital a few weeks back that was both informative yet deflating I realized I had to re-evaluate a few things on the project. The surgeon provided a very realistic opinion stating that having an app to communicate would be helpful but considering the alternative of picking up a phone and asking where the patient was located the app was not a feasible solution worth putting money into. He also mentioned that adding an additional task like updating a patient’s status on an app might cause push back with alot of the peri-operative staff which made sense. I had to take a step back and reevaluate if the solution we are proposing would really help.

After looking back on our conversation objectively I had only talked to one surgeon who offered a very constructive opinion on our project, but I realized he only represents only a small part of the problem we are trying to fix. He only represents a small piece of the total problem we are trying to solve and the information from the patient status updates could greatly benefit surgical coordinators and management as well as the peri-operative nurses. I did feel that some parts of the app could be chopped out or added on later as an upgrade mainly the chat portion of the app due to the difficulty that we could come across having to check each person’s phone by IT security if they were to download the app to their personal phones. What I had in mind instead was to have an ipad placed at strategic portions in each part of the process that staff could update by “Swiping” the status depending on the tasks completed. I’m currently working on some wireframes on what this would look like. The patient status updates and surgeon-family communication would still be very helpful to many people. I have not completely decided on removing the chat portion of the app just yet.

Again, the conversation was very helpful but deflating and it actually only represents the opinion of one surgeon that I have talked to and I haven’t had many conversations with surgeons at all. I don’t think this is an accurate representation of what they feel they might need. I have to speak to more surgeons to gage their interest. Danny has had better luck and the surgeons and staff he has spoken to at his hospital are alot more on board with this project than the staff at my hospital. We currently have a meeting with the chief of medicine at his hospital and are going to explain our project to them. If anything I could see the trial of the app going through with his hospital rather than mine.

We are still planning to proceed with the project but had to change a few things. We still feel it is a very viable and helpful app to many people working within peri-op.

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Robert Lancer
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I wonder what Bronx Lebanon’s plan for a chat system is overall, potentially they might be able to use just the chat component

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Danny Dc Sleepy
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Currently, Bronx Lebanon has a very limited one way chat system in which administration (central command) sends out administrative messages to work cell phone given to unit managers. It’s basically a text from a 5-digit number with messages like “computer systems are down, please use paper orders” or “code blue 5th floor” you cannot reply or opt out of these messages. There is interest in getting a communication app between healthcare providers, but actually right now management is actively looking for a communication app that would coordinate with surgical patients postoperatively to fill out a survey.

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Steven Reubenstone
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This is a great update to your journey/story Luis Salazar Danny Dc Sleepy you are just getting started. Take the feedback, begin to plot it out, and start to evaluate which bits and pieces of your initial execution plan should live on. There’s usually always a larger opportunity hidden underneath the initial idea

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Danny Dc Sleepy

communication app that would coordinate with surgical patients postoperatively to fill out a survey

I would absolutely tell them that you would like to be considered to build that app, it can use SMS / email / robo calls to notify patients. Do you know anything about the survey software?

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Devansh Suri
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Luis Salazar Really big step over there. Would always encourage entrepreneurs to try first rather than regretting not even trying here. I hope it truly proves itself to be viable if not to hospitals in new york city then maybe to some other cities or country. These US hospitals and some health insurance companies associated with them have made huge investments in making their operations smooth but creating smothness is still difficult for some or newly built hospitals in India, China, Indonasia , Pakistan.

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Luis Salazar
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Thanks for the feed back Devansh Suri. Its been a really tough experience trying to see what kind of red tape we are up against trying to implement an idea we feel would help. Definitely far from anywhere successful but learning a lot more than I ever would have expected to learn in the process which to me is a win in itself. Hoping this leads me down some other different paths but grateful to be surrounded by other thinkers and tinkerers. Glad I found Collaborizm.

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