Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. went live with data analytics software in its surgical suite in early 2012. After the second quarter, Amy Smith, vice president of perioperative services, ran her first quarterly report analyzing staffing and operating room use.

The report showed that too many staff members were scheduled early each day and not enough in the mid-afternoon. After rearranging schedules the hospital saved $500,000 in overtime during the last three quarters of the year. "It was one of those 'Ah-Ha!' moments," Smith recalls.

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