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August 8, 2017

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 barr...

July 26, 2017

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...

July 19, 2017

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 normal...

July 12, 2017

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 accor...

July 5, 2017

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 focusing 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 count...

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