Impact beyond neurosurgery
Han believes the saving generated by the neurosurgical residents can be replicated throughout hospital care delivery, especially if hospital leaders encourage innovation and problem solving.
"Quality improvement and improving the efficiency of the hospital for every kind of service is an ongoing process. There are always areas to be improved upon and the hospital setting is such a large system and such a big machine that there are bound to be inefficiencies and areas where the quality of care being delivered that could be improved," he says.
"It is an important part of the training process, particularly for residents to get an exposure to this process early and having an eye out for recognizing where there are areas of need for quality improvement and really having the awareness of knowing how to implement a project and monitor the progress and carry it through and seeing its results."