Northwell pilots black boxes in ORs

New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health is piloting the use of black-box technology in its operating rooms to collect more information during surgical procedures and improve care quality.

Laparoscopic urologic and colon surgical teams are currently using the OR Black Box technology in two ORs at Northwell's Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City.

Similar to flight recorders used in the aviation industry, the technology captures video footage, audio recordings and physiological data during a procedure. After the surgery, this information is compiled into a report that leaders can use for care quality reviews.

Northwell is the first health system in the U.S. to pilot this technology in its ORs and plans to expand the initiative to other affiliated hospitals.

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