2017/09/07: Utah Ops & Goldratt Consulting: Breakthrough Reults For Government and Business Part 3

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2017/09/07: Utah Ops & Goldratt Consulting: Breakthrough Reults For Government and Business Part 3

Up: Alex Knight: Breathrough Results in Quality, Safety, Timeliness and Affordabilty of Healthcare

  • Knight: “US tops spending in healthcare per-capita GDP; some US states have 30% of economy on healthcare spending
  • Knight: “Healthcare has some of the most complex value streams around, with catastrophic outcomes when things go wrong
  • Knight: “Goals of healthcare: provide high quality care for all patients vs. be financially stable; more vs less front line staff
  • Knight: “Cutting healthcare costs often leads to reducing staff who are actually deliver healthcare to patients
  • Knight: “The big problem: as much as healthcare medical costs are rising, revenue is rising slower: 3% cost vs. 1% revenue growht
  • Knight: “Prices of everything going up (radiology, etc), and # of elderly going up, and # of life-lengthening treatments going up
  • “I work at Texas Health Resources; read Pride & Joy; started in Emergency Dept; reduced length of stay from 4.9d > 3.9d in 2 months
  • “I run rural hospital in Quebec; in 2015, reduced length of stay almost overnight, incr physical engagement, discharge planning
  • Knight: “In healthcare, we don’t talk about lead time, we call it ‘length of stay’; has massive impact on quality, patient outcomes, sense/purpose
  • Knight: “Healthcare: complex routings, massive use of shared resources (doctors), lots of stastistical fluctuation (patient arrival, job completion
  • Knight: “whenever I see 4-5 or more improvement projects, I know that they’re probably making problems worse
  • Knight: “One reason: everyone has their own reason to pick the next problem or patient to see; impossible to control outcomes
  • Knight: “Value stream: patient admission date; planned discharge date based solely on clinical needs; ultimate of patient-centered clinical care
  • Knight: “...then each day, look at which tasks are causing are the most disruption/delay to all patient objectives
  • Knight: “...then we can create a manufacturing-like master schedule; in healthcare, we create list of top tasks for healthcare providers
  • Knight: “It’s patient-centered, not a top-down government target mandate;
  • Knight: “in decades, never found a bottleneck; it’s always mis-synchronization, handoffs, sequencing
  • Knight: “We’ve acknowledged the impossibility of trying to measure capacity of complex healthcare orgs; IMHO, biggest waste of time ever
  • Knight: “...instead, we look only at where disruption occurs; balancing flow vs capacity;
  • Knight: “Simplifying question: do I have capacity when I need it? (Vs trying to schedule/control entire system)
  • Knight: “Question: what are the financial implications of healthcare improvements; what do we do when healthcare orgs make more profit?
  • variable expenses not variable (docs don’t renegotiate contracts)
  • Knight: “Improve protective capacity, increase throughout; goal: treat more patients, improve healthcare outcomes
  • Knight: “My experience: healthcare doesn’t have to be a drain on economy: it can be a [massive value creator]
  • Knight: “Our work is expanding to beyond hospital level to national level [in UK] to improve health; enough assets are there
  • Knight: “In Peru hospital, 400 patients in ER; 60% shouldn’t have been there; how can we create better system that directs flow
  • Knight: “Because patient flow working wrong, they all end up in the ER. These need to be addressed at larger level
  • Knight: “How can nations turn their healthcare systems that creates GDP, instead of depletes GDP;
  • Knight: “Look at healthcare tourism: higher quality, cheaper, safer, timeliness; shows the potential that healthcare can be national treasures
  • Knight: “Q: how much excess capacity do you think US hospitals have? A: My guess: acute care: 20%; mental health: 50% (more complex flows
  • Knight: “In many cases, we’ve shown that we can deliver better case, shorter stays w/120 beds that used to take 600 beds; goal: increase GDP
  • Tomorrow, Utah governor will kick off conference here. Cool!