Optimizing Interventional Radiology Efficiency

Optimizing Interventional Radiology Efficiency

October 11, 2023

Utilizing Data to Maximize Room Utilization


Doing More with Less – this has become the new norm in today’s healthcare environment. Optimizing resources and streamlining operational processes is of utmost importance. From working long hours to adapting to unexpected schedule changes, providers in Interventional Radiology (IR) departments are no strangers to the demands of a challenging environment. IR departments play a critical role in diagnosing and treating various medical conditions, making workflow efficiency and room utilization vital. However, many hospitals and IR departments face a challenge in effectively tracking and optimizing room utilization. This article explores these challenges and highlights the benefits of utilizing data-empowered software as a solution.

The Issue:

Traditionally, hospital administrators and IR department managers have struggled with accurately tracking room utilization due to the absence of effective tools and data-driven insights. This lack of comprehensive data often leads to inefficient scheduling, underutilization of resources, increased patient waiting times, and decreased overall productivity.

The Consequences:

Inadequate utilization of procedure rooms can negatively impact several aspects of the department, which may include longer wait times for critical procedures, reduced revenue generation for hospitals, and increased patient dissatisfaction. Additionally, it can lead to burnout among radiologists and other staff members due to the strain of managing overutilized rooms. Conversely, it can also lead to inefficient use of staff if rooms are being underutilized.

The Solution:

Implementing a data analysis tool, such as HI-IQ - a cloud-based software solution for interventional radiology - offers a powerful solution to these challenges. By leveraging advanced data analytics and reporting insights, the software can provide a comprehensive overview of room utilization patterns, enabling hospitals and IR departments to optimize their resources effectively. Collecting and documenting data is the first step in determining the overall quality and added value that an IR department brings to the healthcare environment.

Benefits of using software designed specifically for increased efficiency, such as HI-IQ:

  1. Enhanced Scheduling: Hospitals can leverage real-time data to optimize room utilization. HI-IQ’s robust scheduling application considers a range of factors, including procedure duration, patient status, and clinical events to create accurate schedules - minimizing downtime and maximizing room time efficiency.
  2. Improved Workflow Efficiency: By capturing and analyzing data related to room utilization, HI-IQ identifies bottlenecks in the workflow. It enables hospitals to make informed decisions about resource allocation, prioritize procedures, and streamline patient flow, resulting in improved overall efficiency and reduced waiting times.
  3. Data-Driven Insights: HI-IQ provides valuable insights into utilization trends, allowing interventional radiology departments to track events as they happen. By identifying peak and off-peak periods, administrators can proactively adjust staffing levels and optimize resource allocation, leading to improved patient care and cost savings.
  4. Quality Assurance: HI-IQ collects essential information such as radiation dosage, adverse events and outcomes, and sedation plans to effectively analyze and ensure quality improvement in IR departments. You can use this information to track and improve the quality of care delivered, identify areas for improvement and enhance patient experiences within the IR department.
  5. Financial Optimization: By effectively utilizing available rooms, equipment, and staff, hospitals can enhance revenue generation. HI-IQ helps minimize delays, reduce canceled procedures, and eliminate wasted resources, contributing to increased financial sustainability.


A software solution like HI-IQ presents an innovative and transformative solution to the challenges faced by hospitals and IR departments by tracking room utilization and turn-around time. With the power of data analytics, HI-IQ helps optimize resource allocation, streamline workflows, and enhance patient care. Investing in HI-IQ not only improves operational efficiency but also fosters a culture of data-driven decision-making, leading to enhanced patient experiences and long-term financial sustainability.

HI-IQ uses 5 Key Milestone Events to calculate room utilization and turn-around time, which users can document manually or have automatically transferred from your RIS via an interface. The Key Events are Wheels In, Procedure Started, Procedure Ended, Wheels Out, and Room Ready. The Room Utilization Analysis from HI-IQ, shown below, allows management to accurately determine daily room usage as well as turn-around time to efficiently manage the IR department.

About HI-IQ

HI-IQ was designed by volunteers from the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and provides solutions for a diverse range of interventional radiology needs. First developed in 1993 as a means of capturing QA data, HI-IQ has evolved into the centerpiece tool for managing IR workflow. Today HI-IQ is solely marketed and developed by ConexSys Inc., the healthcare division of Custom Computer Specialists, under the exclusive advisory guidance of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

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