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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, […]

Center for Lean Engagement and Research (CLEAR) Creating Lean Action Research Learning Collaborative

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Last October, Catalysis formed a partnership with the University of California Berkley School of Public Health, forming the new Center for Lean Engagement and Research (CLEAR). Under the direction of Stephen M. Shortell, PhD. and dean emeritus, the goal of CLEAR is to help achieve the triple aim of better healthcare quality and patient experience, improved […]

Lean Healthcare in Tanzania: Meeting Demand for High Quality, Affordable Eye Care

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      Lean Healthcare in Tanzania: Meeting demand for high quality, affordable eye care Summary In a country of 47.5 million people, it is estimated that 3.5 million Tanzanians live with a disability. There are lasting, severe consequences to delayed treatment of physical impairments, including malnutrition for people with cleft lip/palate, painful mobility for […]

How Atrius Health Is Making the Shift from Volume to Value

From Harvard Business Review by Ted Toussaint, Karen DaSilva, John S. Toussaint December 13, 2016 Republican control of the White House and Congress won’t change the U.S. health care’s movement away from the traditional fee-for-service system to one that is based on value, paying providers on the basis of the quality of outcomes achieved for the money […]