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Claims Databases Help Docs Boost Quality, Lower Costs

John Toussaint M.D. and Stephen Shortell PHD published an article in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. The article describes the power of public reporting and publicly available data sets to drive improvement. Read Modern Healthcare’s summation of the article here.

Spectrum Health Hosts Health Care Leaders

Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI hosted a visit June 26-27 for members of the Healthcare Value Network, with a focus on the spread of a continuous improvement culture across the system. The Grand Rapids Business Journal reported on the event with an article titled, “Spectrum Hosts ‘Gemba’ Visit for Health Care Leaders: Hospitals are incorporating the […]

Report to the President on Better Health Care & Lower Costs

In May 2014, The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a Report to the President on Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvements Through Systems Engineering.  The report discusses “systems engineering” as the approach to improve healthcare. Two organizations that have embraced lean (or “Toyota Production System”, as it is referred to […]

Healthcare Value Network Members Help Transform Healthcare Through Lower Costs and Improved Quality

Lean Principles and Peer-to-Peer Learning Foster Dramatic Results Appleton, Wisconsin (May 15, 2014) — As the healthcare industry continues to pursue transformation, members of the Healthcare Value Network (HVN), a peer-to-peer lean learning community of organizations across the United States and Canada, are leading the charge with innovative change and significant improvements in care quality […]

New Book Just Released: “Beyond Heroes, A Lean Management System for Healthcare”

A new book was just released from the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, Beyond Heroes, A Lean Management System for Healthcare.  The Center is committed to helping leaders learn, share and connect around healthcare value.  This new book provides the knowledge that healthcare leaders need to develop their own management system so they can create […]

Why Some Health Systems Aren’t “Systems” at All

Dr. Toussaint was in Chicago last week for the American College of Healthcare Executives 2014 Congress. There, he accepted ACHE’s 2014 Dean Conley Award for his article, “A Management, Leadership and Board Road Map to Transforming Care for Patients,” which published in the spring 2013 issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management. Dr. Toussaint took some […]