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The trouble with in-house spreadsheet models is that they aren’t flexible enough, so you keep having to start again from scratch when there’s a new planning task to do. When that happens, you lose the learning and all the effort that went into it.

So we designed Gooroo Planner to become part of an intelligent system that learns with you, expertly combining the knowledge of your operational managers with the skills of your information analysts. Whenever you improve your modelling – whether around clinical pathways, or subspecialties, or improving performance, or support services – this new intelligence is built into your evolving query code and data tables.

So whenever you refresh your planning – whether it’s for operational purposes, or a Board report, or the annual planning round – all that intelligence and learning is built in to every model.

Features

A whole host of features...

With every one of the benefits Gooroo offers there's also a whole host of features worth mentioning

  • Combines operational managers' knowledge of pathways with information analysts' modelling skills.

  • Handles complex pathways and includes support services.

  • Works at specialty, sub-specialty, sub-sub-specialty level...

  • Learning accumulates in code (unlike a spreadsheet where you keep starting again).

  • Puts operational managers in control of performance - you can choose when to override historical performance measures with preferred assumptions.

Blog posts

Modelling complex patient pathways

  • January 7th, 2016

  • by Rob Findlay

Clinical pathways don't always run in straight lines. Here is how you can model even quite complex pathways quickly and easily using Gooroo Planner.

Modelling subspecialties (and sub sub specialties)

  • August 31st, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

Operational managers often like to see their capacity plans at sub specialty level, especially in general surgery and orthopaedics. This is easily done in Gooroo Planner, but here are some things you may need to watch out for. And it's similar for other levels of detail, such as hospital site, commissioner, and procedure based modelling.

Putting operational managers in control of performance

  • October 23rd, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

The "exceptions table" sounds innocuous enough. But whoever controls it has the power to transform the management of entire hospitals.

Modelling the bit in the middle: diagnostic stages of treatment

  • September 24th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

After the initial 'one-day' implementation of Gooroo Planner, one of the first refinements you will want to make is around the diagnostic stage of treatment. Fortunately, it's easier than you might think.

Modelling pathways that bypass outpatients

  • December 4th, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

What happens when some patients bypass outpatients and are added directly onto the elective waiting list? Conversion rates don't work as straightforwardly as they should. Here's what you can do about it.

Modelling follow-up outpatient backlogs

  • July 22nd, 2015

  • by Rob Findlay

A practical guide to modelling follow-up outpatients (known as "returns" or "repeats" in Scotland) using Gooroo Planner, including waiting times, capacity, and how to model defined courses of treatment.

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Capacity planning for clinical support services

  • July 16th, 2014

  • by Rob Findlay

"Oh, didn't we tell you we're doing a waiting list initiative?" Clinical support services, such as radiology, can feel a bit miffed when they are suddenly hit with a surge of work that was planned ages ago but nobody told them about. Fortunately it's easy to build them into your plans.