Clare Satterly April 23, 2019

Since switching to OrthoView as a templating software, Dr. Brett Levine from Elmhurst Hospital in Illinois and his team has been able to save costs in reducing OR time, tray sterilization, and tools to bring into the OR, on top of eliminating X-ray film printing. The team has overall been able to be more efficient since going digital. This is according to data the primary and revision hip and knee reconstruction specialist has gathered from performing more than 45 planned surgeries per month for the last 12 years. 


Saving $400 per surgery in sterilization alone

Dr. Levine has analyzed the benefits of using OrthoView for preoperative planning, and found that by using this software, his team has had been able to significantly save on costs. 

Because he has his team can identify the correct prosthesis size for each patient beforehand, they can reduce turnover OR time and save on the sterilization of trays, up to three or four trays per procedure. This translates to as much as $400* in savings for one procedure for sterilization alone. 

Another benefit is the amount the team saves in printing X-rays. According to Dr. Levine, physical films or acetate templates can remain in the drawer if it’s necessary to print at all.

“On average, we estimate $20,000 to $40,000 a year to print each surgeon’s operative radiographs. Eliminating this cost, as well as the time it takes someone to print these X-rays, is another way to reduce one’s overhead.”
- Dr. Brett Levine, Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center and Adult Reconstruction Service Line Director, Elmhurst Hospital, Illinois

Efficiency through an improved workflow

Surgeons can very easily template each surgery using the smart planning tools in OrthoView. “Templating with OrthoView is very fast and versatile, and the number of templates available to the surgeon is near limitless,” says Dr. Levine. In addition, the ability to access plans from any device at any time, even in the OR during surgery, is a huge benefit.

Comparing implant sizes in OrthoView

Comparing implant sizes in OrthoView

Plus, OrthoView also helps with team collaboration, with surgical technicians able to review the digital plan and see the components and sizes that Dr. Levine already templated prior to surgery. This helps the technician prepare the back table with the appropriate instruments, helping the entire case flow in a more efficient way.

Digitalization in radiology

Efficiency in planning and preparing each surgery can be made even easier and with more accuracy with OrthoView. The template library is accessible online to make sure surgeons always have access to the latest templates. As Dr. Levin says, “There is no sense in trying to fight the digital evolution in the world of radiology. It is better to join in and use a reliable and complete system like OrthoView, which is a solid product that is easy to use and integrate into one’s normal workflow.”  

* “Based on an estimated cost of $60-$100 each for the sterile packaging of 3/4 fewer trays.” - Original Case Study by Dr. Levine Cost savings and improved workflow are achieved with OrthoView.

About Dr. Brett Levine

Dr. Brett Levine, Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center and Adult Reconstruction Service Line Director, Elmhurst Hospital, Illinois

Dr. Brett Levine focuses on primary and revision hip and knee reconstructions. He has been using OrthoView for his digital planning and templating for more than 12 years. 

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