B, the next patient is prepped in room A. It is a constant back-and-forth leav- ing little time for delay or error. Therefore, adopting an ASC inven- tory management system platform is a must, and easily customizable workflows are needed to conform to unique sched- ules. A well-designed surgical planning and inventory software can automati- cally create preop, operative and postop reports for the circulating nurses and sur- geon. Data filled out in the preop report is automatically populated in the opera- tive report so that it is ready for the sur- geon to review and sign immediately post-surgery. The inventory used that day is automatically tracked and report- ing taken care of on a per-patient basis. A data-based inventory manage- ment system can help streamline work- flows, and having a clear overview of ordering trends and an up-to-date

inventory can help staff identify items that might be over- or understocked, as well as track expiration dates and meet FDA documentation regulations.

How ASCs Can Benefit in the Long Run Implementing an inventory manage- ment system that interfaces directly with your ophthalmology electronic health record (EHR) system makes it easy to have all patient and practice data in one place and help minimize inven- tory and associated costs. Taking that a step further, by capturing structured data, an inventory management system can allow physicians to monitor trends over time, for example, which IOLs are used most often. It also can help phy- sicians analyze which lenses have the best outcomes for patients presenting with different conditions. Ultimately,

this can help physicians be more con- fident in their treatment plans and pro- vide a higher quality of patient care. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), roughly 24.4 million Americans had cataracts in 2010, and that number is projected to grow to 50.2 million by the year 2050, making the importance of efficient inventory tracking technology a growing need. Streamlining the inventory man- agement process can help ease the burden of paperwork and stress of manually monitoring IOL inventory. It also can create healthier and hap- pier physicians and nurses in the oph- thalmology ASC setting.

Michael B. Rivers, MD, is the director of EMA Ophthalmology at Modernizing Med- icine in Boca Raton, Florida. Write him at

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