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Webinar – Patient-Centered Strategy: A Learning System for Better Care

Managing vision and purpose with strategic agility has never been more important for healthcare leaders in a turbulent and transforming industry. We know that our old mental models and systems for strategic planning are insufficient; yet in our early attempts to translate the lean-based system of hoshin planning into strategy deployment, the essence of strategy […]

The Time for Healthcare Leaders to Implement Lean Is Now – Stat!

Posted on by Helen Zak

Originally posted at Lean.org by Helen Zak December 7, 2017 “A bad system will beat a good person every time.” These sage words from W. Edwards Deming, sum up what many healthcare leaders face on a daily basis: bad systems working directly against the ability to deliver quality outcomes for patients. For decades, industry has […]

Atrius Health Changed Their Thinking and Created Value for the Patient

Posted on by CATALYSIS

Ted Toussaint, a healthcare innovation strategist, and Sarah Steinberg, from Atrius Health, discuss innovative work that they led at Atrius, using a variety of modern product development and innovation methods, including lean, lean start up, design thinking, and more to create new “Care in Place” model for home-based patient care that helps reduce trips to […]

What the CVS-Aetna Deal Means for the Delivery of U.S. Health Care

by John Toussaint, MD December 5, 2017 The landscape for the delivery of health care in the United States is changing, but the traditional care-delivery players are not the change agents. The recent announcement of CVS’s $69 billion deal to acquire Aetna brings an insurer together with a large network of primary care providers: CVS has built […]

Going Lean: Health and the Toyota Way

Posted on by CATALYSIS

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 […]

New Podcast on Lean Management Systems with Kim Barnas, Author of Beyond Heroes

Posted on by CATALYSIS

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 […]

‘America’s Bitter Pill’ Makes Case For Why Health Care Law ‘Won’t Work’

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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 […]

Nemours’ CEO Describes How Healthcare is Broken

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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 […]

Improving In-Patient Care at ThedaCare

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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 […]