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The Practice Efficiency Podcast

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We discuss efficiency in the Medical Practice - a growing concern as more financial pressure is on the Medical Practice to perform leaner and leaner.

We discuss efficiency in the Medical Practice - a growing concern as more financial pressure is on the Medical Practice to perform leaner and leaner.
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Canada

Description:

We discuss efficiency in the Medical Practice - a growing concern as more financial pressure is on the Medical Practice to perform leaner and leaner.

Language:

English

Contact:

+16136272977


Episodes

PEP#8 - The "Big Project" Bias - Practice Efficiency Podcast

7/4/2017
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When applying a process of efficiency improvement, Mark often sees a bias in organizations towards focusing on the ‘big project’. These larger projects may have their place, but rapid improvement events are key (i.e. 3 to 5 day mini projects), as are small incremental improvements that should be occurring every day. There’s also a layer of process redesign in lean methods to help systemically redesign a process in the end-to-end patient flow. Transparency and honesty throughout the...

Duration: 00:21:55


PEP#7 - Cultural Barrier to Efficiency in Healthcare - Practice Efficiency Podcast

7/4/2017
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Mark Graban is the author of a book on how hospitals can become more operationally lean by applying a similar lean philosophy as is applied in manufacturing. He has a 10 year background in manufacturing, and moved into health care in 2005. Mark sees the same systemic problems in health care with regards to efficiency as he saw in manufacturing (quality problems, unhappy employees, waste etc.). A significant cultural barrier to improvement in health care is the habit of slow, cautious...

Duration: 00:17:15


PEP#6 - Confirmation Bias in Analytics

7/4/2017
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Govindh speaks with Nigel Ellis of IMBA Medical, where Nigel is responsible for all practice efficiency products. Nigel believes that confirmation or sample bias occurs so readily in analytics because it is human nature - people approach the task of analysis with a preconceived perception rather than a purely objective approach, and also often choose data out of context. They’ve decided what they want to see, and then they try to make it work within the data. Mostly this happens...

Duration: 00:12:39


PEP#5 - Factors Driving the Need for Efficiency - Practice Efficiency Podcast

7/4/2017
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Katherine Atkinson is the Director of Research & Business Development of the new Ottawa Hospital Mobile Health & Research Team, and is also PhD Candidate in Public Health Sciences in Stockholm Sweden. Because Katherine’s team works within the system, directly with clinicians and patients on the front line, they have a unique perspective for meeting efficiency needs as opposed to those providers coming from outside. Katherine has observed two main factors driving the need for efficiency:...

Duration: 00:15:20


PEP#4 - People vs Process in the Medical Practice - Practice Efficiency Podcast

7/4/2017
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Govindh speaks with Nigel Ellis of IMBA Medical, where Nigel is responsible for all practice efficiency products. According to Nigel, when working towards improving efficiency, the focus needs to be on improving the process first, rather than on improving the efficiency of people. People are a part of the process, just as software and automated activities are, and so by focusing on people first, you are only focusing on one part of the overall process. In focusing first on people...

Duration: 00:14:55


PEP#3 - The Perils of Patient Information - Practice Efficiency Podcast

7/4/2017
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Govindh speaks with Dr. Kumanan Wilson, an Internal Medicine Physician at Ottawa Hospital, and founder of CanImmunize. CanImmunize is an app designed to help Canadians manage their immunizations. To date, the app has been demoed by approximately 175,000 individuals. According to Dr. Wilson, one major area of inefficiency and frustration in medicine occurs when treating new patients; because the individual does not normally carry their medical records with them, health care staff need to...

Duration: 00:13:57


PEP#2 - The Value of Dashboards - Practice Efficiency Podcast

7/4/2017
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Govindh speaks with Nigel Ellis of IMBA Medical, where Nigel is responsible for all practice efficiency products. In terms of practice efficiency tools, a dashboard is a visual (pictoral, colour coded) display of your status - in the moment - using predictive, leading indicators. According to Nigel, the key to the dashboard is having your data presented in such a way that it has meaning to you. The data is organized according to indicator type (leading or lagging), and is also organized...

Duration: 00:17:45


PEP#1 - Process vs Task - Practice Efficiency Podcast

7/4/2017
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Govindh speaks with Nigel Ellis of IMBA Medical, where Nigel is responsible for all practice efficiency products. According to Nigel, the key to Practice Efficiency is focussing on process vs. task within a practice, where process is a collection of tasks, and includes all the stages and transitions along a sequence of tasks. Many systems focus on the clinical and care pathways (as defined by EMR’s) but aren’t seeing or counting the operational pathways and steps, which is where the costs...

Duration: 00:17:16