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Healthcare Improvement Can’t Happen Without Better Management

  Originally published at Science Direct. To obtain a copy of this article, click here: By John Toussaint, MD Healthcare is steeped in the scientific method tradition. Placebo controlled double blinded studies are front and center of evidenced based medicine. But research has lagged far behind in management science. Very little evidence exists for the […]

Lean Healthcare at a Large Hospital District in Finland

CASE STUDY – The whole of Helsinki’s hospital district is leaning out, with incredible results. It isn’t every day that we come across – let alone have the opportunity to observe – a lean transformation in such a large healthcare organization. Follow this link to read this case study at Planet Lean:  

Going Lean: Health and the Toyota Way

Success and Failure in Medicine In this BBC podcast, Dr. Kevin Fong explores the concept of ‘lean’ in healthcare. He visits Toyota’s largest car assembly plant in the United States and discovers how the company’s legendary management philosophy – the Toyota Production System – is being implemented in hospitals, in an effort to improve patient […]

2016 State Price Transparency Report Card is Released

July 25, 2016 Review of Laws Shows Progress with Much Room for Improvement Most states could be doing more to give consumers the price information they need for making educated health care choices, according to an annual report card released by two independent health policy organizations. The report not only identifies the states failing at health […]

Population Health News Interviews Stephen Shortell

Population Health News conducted an interview with the Center for Healthcare Organizational Innovation Research (CHOIR) Director Stephen Shortell to discuss integrated care delivery systems, care quality and population health management, patient engagement, and organizational partnerships. Dr. Shortell serves as a board member for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Download the full interview here.

UCSF to Train Residents in Lean Management and Process Improvement

Original article posted at By Laura Kurtzman on July 13, 2016 UC San Francisco will train medical residents and fellows in Lean management principles, as part of a broader institutional commitment to continuous quality improvement. The effort is being supported in part with a grant from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) […]

Using “Lean” Lawn-mowers to Create Leaner Healthcare

Originally posted at KPMG. Twice a month, every month, 30 healthcare chief executives descend on a non-descript office block in Appleton, Wisconsin. They are drawn from countries around the world, united by a common desire: to understand how a health system took principles used by a local snow blower and lawn-mower manufacturer and used them […]

How Health Care Systems Can Effectively Manage Process

John Toussaint, MD, published this article in the NEJM online journal Catalyst describing the lean management system. The article explains how the management system supports front line workers, including physicians, to identify and solve problems every day. This management system is in contrast to an opinion piece in the NEJM in January that described the Toyota Production […]

ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value Welcomes New Human Resources Director

Appleton, Wis. (June 1, 2016) — The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value recently hired Human Resources Director Peter Mariahazy, who will be responsible for human resources and technology for the Center. “This is a new position for us, and we are so excited to have Peter take the lead,” said Kim Barnas, president of the […]