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Innovations

Small, Rapid-Cycle Process Improvement Projects Produce Many Benefits for Hospital, Including Increasing Nurse Time Spent With Patients 11/05/10

Using Toyota Production System principles, William Beaumont Hospitals implemented many small, rapid-cycle process improvement projects designed to improve workflow and patient flow; these projects have led to meaningful increases in nurse time spent with patients, shorter patient waiting times, faster radiology test turnaround, fewer missing and discarded medications, and greater staff engagement.

Health Navigators Support Self-Management With Primary Care Patients, Leading to Improved Behaviors and Lower Utilization 07/13/10

Health navigators help primary care patients access medical and community resources, leading to significant improvements in health-related and self-management behaviors and health outcomes and to meaningful declines in emergency department and inpatient utilization.

Six-Month Weight Management Program for African-American Women Church Congregants Improves Behaviors, Blood Pressure, and Body Mass Index 06/24/10

With the support of the Ministerial Alliance and local churches, a collaboration between an integrated health system and the YMCA offered a 6-month program combining exercise classes, nutrition and wellness programs, incentives, and case management support, leading to improved exercise and eating habits and lower blood pressure and body mass index among overweight and obese African-American women.

Full Disclosure of Medical Errors Reduces Malpractice Claims and Claim Costs for Health System 10/03/09

A multifaceted process for full disclosure of medical errors leads to a significant reduction in claims and claim costs for a health system.

Intensive Care Units Participating in Hospital Collaborative Implement Multiple Improvement Strategies, Leading to Fewer Deaths and Lower Costs 09/29/09

As part of a hospital collaborative, intensive care units implemented a multifaceted safety program that reduced infections and hospital days, saved lives, and lowered health care costs.

Laboratory Redesign Improves Staff Productivity, Leading to Reduction or Maintenance of Turnaround Times at Greater Specimen Volumes and Cost Savings 05/19/09

A hospital laboratory redesigned work processes, leading to faster turnaround times, enhanced staff productivity, and cost savings.

Hospital Laboratory Redesigns Space, Standardizes Staff Roles and Collection/Processing Systems, Leading to Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity 12/04/08

A hospital laboratory reconfigured physical space, redefined job responsibilities, and standardized the collection and processing of specimens, leading to faster test turnaround times, cost savings, and enhanced productivity.

Diabetes Educators Provide Counseling at Worksites, Leading to Enhanced Knowledge, Improved Outcomes, and Reduced Absenteeism 11/17/08

Diabetes educators come to office and factory worksites for scheduled one-on-one counseling sessions with employees, leading to better diabetes knowledge; improvements in blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight control; and reduced absenteeism.

Church-Based Program Encourages African-American Congregants to Increase Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables 10/14/08

A church-based program has been successful in encouraging African-American congregants to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables.

Comprehensive Program Featuring Registry, Self-Management Education, Action Plans, and Home Visits Reduces Asthma-Related Admissions and Emergency Department Visits 10/08/08

A comprehensive asthma management program that includes a registry of all asthma patients, action plans, home visits from nurses, and specialized services for high-risk children led to a reduction in asthma-related hospitalizations and pediatric emergency department visits.

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