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Category Archives: Healthcare Transformation

Get Innovative: A Message for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems

During my tenure as a hospital CEO, one hurdle often seemed insurmountable: getting leaders and staff across the organization to think like innovators. Many leaders suffer from behavioral tendencies and management styles that don’t naturally allow for innovative thinking. Decades of adhering to regulations, organizational procedures and healthcare mandates hinder the ability (or desire) to […]

Health Care Cost Institute Adds Price and Utilization Research to Healthy Marketplace Index

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New HCCI research examines health care spending and its components—prices and utilization—in 61 metro areas for three common medical services: knee injections, ACL repair, and full knee replacement surgery. The Healthy Marketplace Index measures the economic performance of health care markets across the country. Read here: http://www.healthcostinstitute.org/healthy-marketplace-index/

FREE Webinar: Five Changes Great Healthcare Leaders Make to Develop an Improvement Culture

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In this 60-minute webinar, John Toussaint, MD. and CEO of Catalysis, will describe his experience helping healthcare leaders focus on the five personal behavioral dimensions that lead to outstanding organizational results. Dr. Toussaint will present data as to why these behavioral dimensions are so important and then focus on specific examples of excellence from St. […]

“Too Busy to Walk the Gemba”

It’s not exactly uncommon for lean newcomers to view it as an additional burden on already-crammed schedules. And that’s certainly not uncommon for healthcare executives whose days are consistently packed with meetings, email correspondence, paperwork, compliance assurance and more. Chris Weisbrod has seen many healthcare leaders even refuse to go on simple gemba walks, claiming […]

Sustaining Lean Transformation

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Sometimes organizational change results in strategy shifts that are detrimental to lean healthcare transformation. How can healthcare executives ensure their lean efforts and achievements last for the long haul? Catalysis President Kim Barnas highlights four essential elements in her article, “Sustaining Lean Transformation.” This article will help any healthcare leader understand how to keep lean […]

Lean Success and the Power of Networks

Posted on by Paul Pejsa

When healthcare organizations take the bold step to embark on a lean transformation, the results they anticipate are based on one thing: improving patient outcomes. At Catalysis we first began helping hospital administrators understand and implement lean principles in 2008, before lean was truly proven in the industry. Dr. John Toussaint, founder and CEO of […]

Five Changes Great Leaders Make to Develop an Improvement Culture

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Optimizing leadership skills is more important than ever, given a fast-changing health care environment rife with competitive new services such as CVS MinuteClinics, virtual second-opinion specialty shops, and offshore 24-hour radiology reading services. To adapt, and survive, organizations must take advantage of every bit of institutional talent. But this can happen only if leaders first […]