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Why Health Systems Will Cultivate the Next Wave of Big Innovations in Health Care

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Incubation of groundbreaking ideas often happens at small startups, and Silicon Valley has become synonymous with innovative entrepreneurism that has transformed how we communicate and put powerful digital tools literally in the palm of our hand. Major health systems may not conjure quite the same images, as the size and complexity of these tradition-bound institutions […]

At Public Hospitals, Going ‘Lean’ Has Improved Finances and Efficiency, Reports Journal of healthcare Management

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Over half of public hospitals in the United States have adopted the “Lean” management strategy, leading to improvement in financial performance and efficiency, reports a national survey in the November/December issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management, an official publication of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. Although Lean […]

Improving Health Care Quality Through Clinician Level Integrated Performance Measurement with PCPI

We recently held a webinar with PCPI that discussed: PCPI’s role in quality management Utilizing clinician level performance measurement for process improvement PCPI’s  current policy work in various areas, including interoperability and physician fee schedules Closing the referral loop in ambulatory care PCPI® is a consortium of diverse organizations dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, and […]

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. […]

Creating a Culture of Excellence – How healthcare leaders can build and sustain continuous improvement

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Building and sustaining continuous improvement – global lessons from the front line. At a time when healthcare faces growing challenges globally, KPMG International set out to learn how leading healthcare organizations around the world are successfully building and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement. This report includes interviews with Catalysis and twenty healthcare leaders that represent […]

The Impact of Lean on Healthcare Quality

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Joining Mark Graban for this podcast is Steve Shortell. He is Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professorship, HPM and is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. In this episode, they discuss some initial research that was released in a paper that was published in The Joint Commision Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. […]

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Cuts Readmissions by 58% Using Email to Coordinate Care

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a member of the Catalysis Healthcare Value Network, shares a big win in cutting readmissions. It might even seem overly simple, but using an email approach to care coordination between physicians can not only improve outcomes and provider satisfaction, but also have a fairly profound impact on readmissions, according to a […]

Tether to the EHR: Primary Care Physician Workload Assessment Using HER Event Log Data and Time-Motion Observations

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Primary care has become increasingly complex, with electronic health record (EHR) systems adding to the complexity. Our patients expect same-day access for face-to-face care during clinic hours and rapid responses to telephone calls, patient portal messages, laboratory result inquiries, and prescription renewal requests both during and after clinic hours. This concurrent face-to-face and non–face-to-face care, […]