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 […]
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John Shook has written a rebuttal to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, which he says is “superficial and full of misconceptions, trashing lean and Toyota.” This rebuttal is published at The Lean Post, the blog at the Lean Enterprise Institute. Read full post here.
In this new podcast, Kim Barnas, author of Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare, discusses how lean management systems and are having a positive effect on the patient experience at hospitals around the world. Kim shares the powerful impact that daily management systems are having on patient safety and focusing improvement work on […]
While reporting on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, journalist Steven Brill was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that required heart surgery. “There I was: a reporter who had made hospital presidents and hospital executives and health care executives and insurance executives sweat because I asked them all kinds of questions about their salaries […]
Doing the right thing for the health of a population – in this case improving the health of children with asthma – illustrates exactly why our healthcare system must change. David Bailey, a doctor and CEO of Healthcare Value Network member Nemours, shares his experience with an experiment that brought together a community and improved […]
Before ThedaCare initiated Collaborative Care at its two urban hospitals, nursing staff sometimes felt they spent more time tracking down supplies and information rather than directly caring for patients. To change that, ThedaCare utilized its lean management tools to completely redesign its hospital patient rooms and how they deliver care to patients. The result is […]
Moving away from fee-for-service is widely agreed upon as the only way to improve healthcare value. Read about the successful outcome of a 3-year trial between Dayton Physicians Network, an oncology group based in Ohio and insurer UnitedHealthcare. Physicians in the pilot received bundled payments to cover the cost of their patients’ entire course of […]
Dr. Toussaint has published another blog post on the Huffington Post, this time focused on the Military Health System review of quality. The private sector should take a lesson. Click here to read.
BlueCross BlueShield reports big wins in both cost and quality with their innovative, value-based programs which are focused on changing payment incentives, partnering with clinicians, and engaging patients throughout the country. Read more here: Blue Cross Value Based Programs Provide Solid ROI
John Toussaint M.D. and Stephen Shortell PHD published an article in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. The article describes the power of public reporting and publicly available data sets to drive improvement. Read Modern Healthcare’s summation of the article here.