Process Improvements Based on Lean Principles Reduce Operating Room Foot Traffic, Leading to Reduced Risk of Infection and Enhanced Staff Productivity and Satisfaction
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center used principles adopted from the Lean method of the Toyota Production System to improve patient safety and the overall functioning of the operating room by reducing foot traffic into and out of the surgical suite.
Community-Based Provider Training and Education Enhances Access to Oral Health Screenings and Fluoride Treatments for Low-Income Children
Provider training and education enhances access to oral health screening and fluoride applications for low-income and uninsured children.
Preoperative Safety Briefing Reduces Wrong-Site Surgery and Nursing Turnover, Enhances Safety Attitude
A presurgical safety briefing held by the operating room team before every procedure has virtually eliminated wrong-site surgeries, enhanced operating room staff satisfaction and perceptions of safety, and reduced nurse turnover.
State-Financed, Primary Care–Led, Accountable Care Collaborative Provides Comprehensive, Coordinated Care to Medicaid Beneficiaries, Reducing Admissions, Use of Imaging Services, and Costs
A State-led accountable care collaborative provides comprehensive, coordinated care to Medicaid beneficiaries through primary care medical homes, reducing use of inpatient, imaging, and emergency department services, and generating estimated savings of $6 million for the State.
Postdischarge Telephone Followup With Chronic Disease Patients Reduces Hospitalizations, Emergency Department Visits, and Costs
A chronic care coordination program employs coordinators to provide telephone-based support to recently discharged patients and other high-risk enrollees, leading to fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits and lower costs.