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Lean Healthcare at a Large Hospital District in Finland

CASE STUDY – The whole of Helsinki’s hospital district is leaning out, with incredible results. It isn’t every day that we come across – let alone have the opportunity to observe – a lean transformation in such a large healthcare organization. Follow this link to read this case study at Planet Lean:  

Going Lean: Health and the Toyota Way

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 […]

2016 State Price Transparency Report Card is Released

July 25, 2016 Review of Laws Shows Progress with Much Room for Improvement Most states could be doing more to give consumers the price information they need for making educated health care choices, according to an annual report card released by two independent health policy organizations. The report not only identifies the states failing at health […]

Population Health News Interviews Stephen Shortell

Population Health News conducted an interview with the Center for Healthcare Organizational Innovation Research (CHOIR) Director Stephen Shortell to discuss integrated care delivery systems, care quality and population health management, patient engagement, and organizational partnerships. Dr. Shortell serves as a board member for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Download the full interview here.

UCSF to Train Residents in Lean Management and Process Improvement

Original article posted at By Laura Kurtzman on July 13, 2016 UC San Francisco will train medical residents and fellows in Lean management principles, as part of a broader institutional commitment to continuous quality improvement. The effort is being supported in part with a grant from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) […]

Diagnostic Errors, Measuring Performance Among Top Healthcare Quality Issues for 2016

by Sabriya Rice, January 1, 2016 in Modern Healthcare A focus on individual physician performance, reducing diagnostic errors, standardizing performance measures and rethinking patient satisfaction will be among the top agenda items for healthcare quality and safety leaders in 2016. Dr. John Toussaint, CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, said there will be a […]

Orry Fiume Discusses How a Lean Strategy can Dramatically Improve a Company’s ROI

By: Orest (Orry) Fiume, with Michael Ballé, Dan Jones and Jacques Chaize, as posted at Planet Lean Every advocate of lean with a skeptical boss has been asked “What’s the ROI of lean?” at least once. This landmark article explains that lean can indeed help us to achieve a superior ROI, so long as we […]

The Most Crucial Half-Hour at a Hospital: The Shift Change

By Laura Landro, as posted in the Wall Street Journal Hospitals are transforming the traditional way nurses change shifts to reduce the chance of errors and oversights in the transfer of information. A critical side effect: patients feel safe, included and satisfied. Studies show that so-called bedside shift reports, with both nurses meeting in the presence […]

Learning to be Lean

  A hospital’s staff discovers improving efficiency isn’t easy by Sabriya Rice CHICAGO ON A WEDNESDAY MORNING early last month, a dozen nurses, housekeepers, surgical technicians and surgical assistants at Presence Health’s Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center are running behind in their hunt for ways to save time on the hospital’s busy surgical floor. […]