Bala G. Nair, PhD

Director, Associate Professor, University of Washington

Dr.Nair is the director of the Center for Perioperative & Pain Initiatives in Quality Safety & Outcome (PPiQSO) at University of Washington and holds an associate professor appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. He is also the Chief Solution Architect and technology advisor for Perimatics LLC. Dr.Nair brings over 20 years of considerable expertise in perioperative informatics, clinical decision support and medical devices from two world-class institutions – The Cleveland Clinic and the University of Washington. Dr.Nair is the inventor of the Smart Anesthesia Manager (SAM) decision support software that has improved care for over 500,000 surgery patients in multiple hospitals. In his previous appointment at the Cleveland Clinic, he developed their anesthesia information management system that was showcased to President George W. Bush. Dr.Nair has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, holds 7 patents and has been an invited speaker on perioperative decision support in multiple national and international conferences.

Speaker Sessions

14 – Using a Real-Time Data Science Platform to Drive Perioperative Quality and Efficiency (analyst, AI, clinical)

Perioperative care for surgery patients contributes to 50 percent of a hospital’s revenue, yet it has high rates of avoidable complications and generates 20 to 30 percent of total hospital waste. Due to the complexity and dynamic nature of the perioperative environment, delivering optimal and efficient care is challenging. The University of Washington developed and implemented a point of care, real-time decision support system for perioperative care. Learn how this solution works seamlessly with a perioperative information management system to provide guidance on best practice protocols and deliver high-quality care with positive results, including an ROI of $1.3 million per 10,000 surgeries in terms of quality of care, patient safety, revenue capture, and waste reduction. The real-time guidance system has benefited more than 400,000 surgeries over five years in multiple hospitals and integrated in multiple EMR systems.

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