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The Lens, Episode #5 – Why a Organizations Need a Model Cell When Pursuing a Culture of Continuous Improvement

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            The Model Cell is a critical first step in an organization’s transformation journey. It serves as a test center where operations can experiment with ideas, embrace failure as a path to learning, and put new concepts into action. This area will become the demonstration site as you spread continuous […]

The Lens, Episode #2 – The Importance of Senior Leadership in the Organizational Excellence Journey

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              The Senior Leadership Team sets the tone for the organization transformation. Their commitment and understanding of the journey to come is essential to the success of the transformation. Defining leadership behaviors necessary to lead and sustain a cultural transformation is a critical part of their role. In addition, […]

The Lens, Episode #1 – The Importance of the Board in the Organizational Excellence Journey

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​       Board engagement is often overlooked as part of the cultural transformation. There are four content areas a board needs to focus on to provide needed support to management in this culture transformation journey. Ensure grounding through increasing their knowledge of principles, behaviors, and systems and practicing the methods of organizational excellence. […]

Closing The Gateway From Surgery To Persistent Opioid Use

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Fifty million Americans have surgery each year. Approximately 2 million of these surgical patients will develop persistent opioid use (meaning they continue to use opioids 90–180 days after surgery). For far too many people, surgery is a critical gateway to the tragedy of opioid addiction. As a practicing anesthesiologist, I’ve been administering opioids for 20 years to […]

The Problem with Plan-Do-Study-Adjust Cycles

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Quality improvement (QI) methods have been introduced to healthcare to support the delivery of care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and cost effective. Of the many QI tools and methods, the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is one of the few that focuses on the crux of change, the translation of ideas and intentions into […]

Assessing the Relationship of the Human Resource, Finance, and Information Technology Functions on Reported Performance in Hospitals Using the Lean Management System

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Given pressures to control costs and improve quality of care, one of the most prevalent transformational performance improvement approaches in health care is Lean management. However, the roles of support functions such as human resource (HR), finance, and information technology (IT) in Lean management and the relationships of these support functions with performance are unknown. […]