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Lean: A Comprehensive Approach To The Transformation Our Health Care System Needs

By Patricia Gabow and Patrick H. Conway August 13, 2015 Many approaches to improving value in our health system focus on specific issues involving care delivery models such as optimizing primary care, coordinating care transitions, facilitating the care of the high need/high use patients, or reducing unnecessary readmissions. While improvement in specific areas will yield benefits […]

Lean Leadership Series in Stuart, Florida

… TO TRANSFORM HABITS AND BEHAVIORS OF HEALTHCARE LEADERS Appleton, Wis. (Aug. 12, 2015) – The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value is hosting a multi-day, multi-workshop Lean Leadership Series at Martin Medical Center in Stuart, Florida, Oct. 13-16, designed to develop healthcare professionals into lean leaders who drive higher value in their organizations. “This is a […]

A Watershed Moment That Will Turn Around VA Operations

John Toussaint, MD shares his thoughts on this topic at the Huffington Post: On July 16th 2015, Robert McDonald, Secretary of the VA released this memorandum to the VA: “To better serve our customers, the VA must synchronize and better leverage our performance improvement efforts. Improved service to our nation’s veterans requires a cultural of […]

Healthcare Value Network Welcomes New Members

  Scripps Health, San Francisco General and Providence Little Company of Mary Join Network Appleton, Wisconsin (Aug. 6, 2015) — The Healthcare Value Network (HVN) welcomes three new members to its peer-to-peer learning community: Scripps Health, San Francisco General Hospital, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. All three are California-based providers. The […]

Summit Reflections: Powerful Data and Mindful Metrics

By Angela Brubacher, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value   “None of us are reliable, yet.” These were the opening remarks of the Center’s John Toussaint, MD at the 6th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit held in Dallas, TX last month. His statement was both a challenge and an encouragement to over 650 people gathered to […]

Improvement Work Doesn’t Have to Be Daunting

Longtime friend of the Center, Dr. Jack Billi (University of Michigan Health System), has taken the time to show us how improvement work can be easy and straightforward.  In this short six-minute video, he demonstrates how he achieved 100% compliance with hand washing–an important process for all healthcare professionals.  Using the scientific method, he hypothesized, trialed, […]

Making a Case for Healthcare Innovation

A Selected Case Study in Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Looking Beyond Fee for Service by Rachel Regan Program Description: Until now, experiments using alternative payment methods to meet similar objectives have shown mixed results. Wisconsin’s Statewide Value Committee (SVC), a multi-stakeholder group working to accelerate the improvement of the healthcare system, began new discussions to […]

New Book, Management on the Mend, Proposes Best Practices for Lean Transformation in Healthcare

Appleton, Wis. (June 9, 2015) — The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value is excited to release Management on the Mend: The Healthcare Executive Guide to System Transformation, by renowned healthcare leader and Center CEO John Toussaint, MD. The book is Dr. Toussaint’s third and is published by the Center, an education institute for healthcare leaders […]