How to Succeed at Achieving Hospital Efficiency
July 24 - 26, 2013 | Boston, MA

Watch this short video to hear Don Berwick, MD, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and former President & CEO of IHI, speak about stewardship of resources, improvement, innovation and Eugene Litvak’s work.

“The overall theory in proper stewardship of resources and improvement is match supply to demand. We actually in healthcare have habits that don't do that. For example we sometimes level staff when the demand is fluctuating. There will be periods of waste and periods of inadequacy to meet the needs. Professor Litvak has brought very modern theories and techniques into hospitals and medical settings and produced tremendous results, much better results for patients and a much better fit between what we are spending and what is needed.”

The inability to align hospital capacity with patient demand for services results in system stress and widespread waste and inefficiency. Suboptimal scheduling practices frequently cause hospital overcrowding, readmissions, medical errors, hospital acquired infections, delays, lack of preferred beds, cancellations, underutilization of existing resources, inflated cost, and nurse and physician burnout. The traditional solutions of adding more physical capacity or increasing staffing are no longer feasible (or advisable) in today’s healthcare environment.

The Institute for Healthcare Optimization (IHO) assists organizations to optimize their efficiency, rapidly generating revenue and improving quality without trade-offs. These approaches are scientifically grounded and have been successfully applied with dramatic financial and quality of care improvement results at numerous leading hospitals including: Mayo Clinic, Florida; Johns Hopkins Hospital; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Boston Medical Center; Palmetto Health of Richland, South Carolina; Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, UK; and The Ottawa Hospital, Canada. In addition, IHO has established a statewide collaborative with the New Jersey Hospital Association to apply the methodology in many of their acute care hospitals.

To respond to numerous requests for educational programming, IHO, led by Eugene Litvak, PhD, invites you to attend this professional 2.5-day symposium to understand effective operations management techniques, Variability Methodology®, and queuing analyses as the solution to these operational issues.

This symposium will focus on:

  • Applying practical operations management techniques and Variability Methodology® to drive practical, high-impact improvements in your system
  • The effect of patient flow management on hospital overcrowding, quality of care, patient safety, mortality rate, readmissions, and hospital margins
  • Utilizing tools such as queuing analysis, simulation modeling, and critical path method in the healthcare setting
  • Determining the necessary level of resources (staff, beds, etc.) for your organization
  • Optimizing patient flow to improve all of the above measures
  • Case studies from organizations that have achieved revolutionary results in both cost and quality

When: July 24 - 26, 2013

Where: Boston, MA

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