The successful implementation of phase two of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in January and its goals of affordable, accessible universal health care will require a focus on value for businesses, health care providers and the government.
As this implementation begins, the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami School of Business Administration on January 17, 2014 will host the third in its series of premier health care impact conferences: The Business of Health Care: Bending the Cost Curve.
This conference promises to offer an unparalleled opportunity to exchange ideas on the business of health care and the impact of health care on businesses at this critical time. The Business of Health Care: Bending the Cost Curve.
Jan 17, 2014
University of Miami
1245 Dauer Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Learn more and register here
Some of you may have a strong interest in improving health care quality. The IHI or Institute for Healthcare Improvement
is a great place to find resources and join a community of health care professionals invested in improving quality. The National Association for Healthcare Quality is another group to explore:
The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ
) is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of the profession of healthcare quality and patient safety and the individual professionals working in the field.
Founded in 1976, NAHQ has more than 10,000 quality and patient safety professionals working in healthcare settings both nationally and internationally. These professionals drive the delivery of vital data for effective decision making in healthcare systems by combining technology with their unique expertise in quality management.
The Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential signifies professional and academic achievement by individuals in the field of healthcare quality management.
As more physicians and nurses get involved in quality improvement projects, there is a growing demand for clinicians who are certified in Lean and Six Sigma. Technically, Lean and Six Sigma are different methods, but people often combine these terms and refer to them as "Lean Six Sigma" or "Lean and Six Sigma."
- The Lean process was developed by the Toyota manufacturing production system and focuses primarily on eliminating waste and achieving greater efficiency.
- Six Sigma originated at Motorola as a way to improve processes and reduce defects by identifying the root causes of problems to develop effective solutions.
You can achieve Green Belt or Black Belt certification from a number of different organizations and this may open up job or consulting opportunities around quality improvement, process improvement, waste reduction, improving patient safety, and more. There are different ways to get certified, but in general you have to receive training, six for an exam, and demonstrate proficiency by working on projects where you apply the Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to make improvements.
In health care, the combined processes of Lean and Six Sigma can improve workflow, process efficiency, and patient care. There are a variety of systematic tools and ways to apply Lean Six Sigma principles in health care.
To learn more, research ASQ
(American Society for Quality) and IASSC
(International Association for Six Sigma Certification) for more information about Lean and Six Sigma.
Here are some books to consider:
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Philadelphia
is holding its next meeting next week.
"Lighting for Healthier Living"
MIT Enterprise Forum of Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Nazlie Latefi, Senior Research Associate at Pegasus Capital Advisors, will leadus on a scientific journey of bold entrepreneurship into healthier living with light.Sr. Research Associate
She will challenge Philadelphia entrepreneurs, building owners, designers, and physicians to consider new choices for healthier living. Chronic sleep disorders linked to hypertension, cancer, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes, and other diseases currently affect 50-70 million Americans.
The MIT Enterprise Forum is the preeminent organization of entrepreneurs in the global innovation economy. Since 1978 the MIT Enterprise Forum has produced programs and events about innovation, technology and entrepreneurship for an engaged community of 50,000+ thought leaders through a worldwide network of chapters.
The following is a guest post by Jim Kelly:
Are you looking for a job in Health IT
? There are many jobs out there, so position yourself as an experienced health IT professional by gaining experiencing and understanding what is driving EMR technology.
Thanks to the Health information Technology Act
, the market for electronic medical records (EMR) is set to explode. This legislation provided the basis for EMRs and their introduction into the healthcare industry. Some of that introduction has been rocky, but systems have improved and EMR is expected to greatly increase the quality of health care over the next ten to fifteen years.
We are not there yet, but the EMR industry is driven by more than just incentives for adoption. Real changes are made every day because of doctor and technician interaction drives this amazing field. Usability
Data entry is tedious and prone to human error, so stop-guards need to be in place to keep information accurate. One of the methods used is to cut down on the number of keystrokes needed to enter patient information. EMRs have special shortcut keystrokes, and staff can enter partial codes for quick retrieval.
Pre-built templates also cut down on the burden of entering information and keep staff from mistakenly entering data. You can also create forms on your local devices that document common patient complaints. All of this saves compounded time that means doctors can squeeze in a few extra visits or have more time to do research.
Patients also appreciate that prescription data can be filled out more efficiently and ordered from the office.Read more »