Scanning the Headlines: Efficiency

Updated on July 31, 2005

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Heuvel, J., and others.  Quality management:  does it pay off?  Quality Management in Health Care.   15(3):137-149, July/Sept. 2006.

Sennett, C., and Starkey, K.  Measuring and improving efficiency in health care: report from an ABIM foundation/IOM meeting.  ABIM and ABIM Foundation.   June 2006. 

Barlow, R.  Harborview sheds convenience store mindset for luxury department store operation.  Healthcare Purchasing News.  30(6):28-30, June 2006.

Achieving excellence by pursuing the Baldridge award.  Joint Commission Perspectives on Patient Safety.  6(6):9-10, June 2006.

Yingling, L,  Reducing cvc-related bloodstream infections.  Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.  3(3):22-25, May/June 2006.

Carrigan, J., and Kujawa, D.  Six Sigma in health care management and strategy.  Health Care Management.  25(2):133-141, Apr./June 2006.

Weiner, B., and others.  Quality improvement implementation and hospital performance on quality indicators.  Health Services Research.  41(2):307-334, Apr. 2006.

Harmon, K.  Naval aviation safety and its application to medicine.  Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.  3(2):20-26, Mar./Apr. 2006.

Garza, S., and others.  Six Sigma and change management:  reducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.  Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.  3(2):38-44, Mar./Apr. 2006.

San, D.  A Six Sigma approach to meeting patient demand.  how to optimize inventory.  Materials Management in Healthcare.  15(2)20-26, Feb. 2006.

Tilburg, C., and others.  Health care failure mode and effect analysis:  a useful proactive risk analysis in a pediatric oncology ward.  Quality & Safety in Health Care.  15(1):58-64, Feb. 2006.

Chaiken, B.  Standardized performance measures:  a GPS for quality.  Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.  3(1):12-13, Jan./Feb. 2006.

Kremsdorf, R.  Part II:  building a comprehensive safety net.  Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.  3(1):20-21, Jan./Feb. 2006.

Ryan, M.  Exceptional health care requires leadership at all levels.  Health Progress.  87(1):15-20, Jan./Feb. 2006.

Barsi, E.  Rasing the bar.  Health Progress.  87(1):35-38, Jan./Feb. 2006.

Sherman, J.  Achieving real results with Six Sigma.  Healthcare Executive.  21(1):8-14, Jan./Feb. 2006.

Hagland, M.  Six Sigma practices.  Healthcare Informatics.  23(1):27-30, Jan. 2006.

Implementing IHI's six interventions.  Joint Commission Perspectives on Patient Safety.  6(2):9-10, Jan. 2006.

Greene, J.  Role model.  Hospitals and Health Networks.  80(1):24, Jan. 2006.

Applying aviation principles to health care.  Joint Commission Perspectives on Patient Safety.  6(1):7, Jan. 2006.

McLaughlin, C., and Kaluzny, A.  Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care.   3rd ed.  Boston:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2005.  (W 84 M1615c 2006).

Aldarrab, A.  Application of lean Six Sigma for patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction:  the Hamilton Health Sciences experience.  Healthcare Quarterly.  9(1):56-61, 2006.

James, C.  Manufacturing's prescription for improving healthcare quality.  Hospital Topics.  83(1)2-8, Winter 2005.

Hagland, M.  Six Sigma:  it's real, it's data-driven, and it's here.  Health Care Strategic Management.  23(12):1, 13-16, Dec. 2005.

McKay, N., and Deily, M.  Comparing high- and low- performing hospitals using risk-adjusted excess mortality and cost inefficiency.  Health Care Management Review.  30(4):347-360, Oct./Dec. 2005. 

Ward, K., Rolland, E., and Patterson, R.  Improving outpatient health care quality:  understanding the quality dimensions.  Health Care Management Review.  30(4):361-371, Oct./Dec. 2005. 

Ayers, L., and others.  Quality improvement learning collaboratives.  Quality Management in Health Care.  14(4):234-247, Oct./Dec. 2005.

Filling the quality gap:  physician-hospital QIs.  Health Care Strategic Management.  23(11):1, 15-16, Nov. 2005.

LaPorte, M.  Achieving step III:  continuous quality improvement.  Provider.  31(11):39-42, Nov. 2005.

Christianson, J., and others.  Deploying Six Sigma in a health care system as a work in progress.  Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  31(11):603-613, Nov. 2005.

Hartman, K.  Do volumes matter?  clinical, operational, and financial implications.  Cardiovascular Management.  16(4):16-20, Fall 2005.

Stormy, S., and Silver, M.  Learning from unexpected events: a root cause analysis training program.  Journal for Healthcare Quality.  27(5):11-19, Sept./Oct. 2005.

Johnson, T., and others.  New York-Presbyterian Hospital translating innovation into practice.  Joint Commission Journal on Quality Patient Safety.  31(10):554-560, Oct 2005.

Kozakiewicz, J., and others.  Safe chemotherapy administration:  using failure mode and effects analysis in computerized prescriber order entry.  American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.  62(17):1813-1816, Sept. 1, 2005.

Frankel, H., and others.  Use of corporate Six Sigma performance-improvement strategies to reduce incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infections in a surgical ICU.  Journal of American College of Surgeons.  201(3):349-358, Sept. 2005.

Saxena, S., and others.  Critical laboratory value notification:  a failure mode effects and criticality analysis.  Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  31(9):495-506, Sept. 2005.

Francois, P., and others.  Assessment of an intervention to train teaching hospital care providers in quality management.  Quality & Safety in Health Care.  14(4):234-239, Aug. 2005.

Car maker's production system helps cancer center get lean.  Health Facilities Management.  18(8):5-10, Aug. 2005.

Woodard, T.  Addressing variation in hospital quality:  is Six Sigma the answer?  Journal of Healthcare Management.  50(4):226-236, July/Aug. 2005.

Six Sigma success story:  reducing variations is key.  ED Management.  17(7):82-83, July 2005.

Stymiest, D.  Analyze this!  Health Facilities Management.  18(6):21-24, June 2005.

Castle, L., Franzblau-Isaac, E., and Paulsen, J.  Using Six Sigma to reduce medication errors in a home-delivery pharmacy service.  Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  31(6):319-324, June 2005.

Poulter, J.  Using the baldrige criteria to achieve performance excellence.  Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.  2(3):40-42, May/June 2005.

Harriman, R., and Miller, C.  Baldrige as a quality platform.  Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.  2(3):43-45, May/June 2005.

Pieper, S.  Reading the right signals:  how to strategically manage with scorecards.  Healthcare Executive.  20(3):9-14, May/June 2005.

Mantone, J.  Rural route.  Modern Healthcare.  35(20):28-29, 34, May 16, 2005.

Laos, R.  Quality connections.  Modern Healthcare.  35(19):8-9, May 9, 2005.

Prioritizing processes for FMEA.  Joint Commission Perspectives on Patient Safety.  5(5):7-8, May 2005.

Petty, C.  CQI promotes high standards of surgical care through research.  Bulletin American College of Surgeons.  90(5):15-17, May 2005.

O'Hare, P.  Pay for performance will your hospital be ready?  Healthcare Financial Management.  59(5):46-48, May 2005.

Donaldson, N., and others.  Leveraging nurse-related dashboard benchmarks to expedite performance improvement and document excellence.  Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA).  35(4):163-172, Apr. 2005.

Hofler, L.  Public reporting, patient safety, and quality improvement.  Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA).  35(4):161-162, Apr. 2005.

Jones, F.  Failure mode effects analysis.  Inside ASHE.  13(2):37-42, Mar./Apr. 2005.

Ron, J.  97.1 percent perfect:  healthcare leadership's Pinto.  Journal of Healthcare Management.  50(2):87-93, Mar./Apr. 2005.

Werner, R., and Asch, D.  The unintended consequences of publicly reporting quality information.  JAMA.  293(10):1239-1244, Mar. 9, 2005.

Report addresses measurement of healthcare providers' efficiency.  Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders.  17(3):13, Mar. 2005.

Ferguson, J.  When quality means business.  Modern Healthcare.  35(8):26-27, Feb. 21, 2005.

Buckley, T., Burns, S., and Bleck, T.  A process improvement project:  achieving quality outcomes.  Journal of Nursing Administration.  35(2):94-100, Feb. 2005.

Bishop, A., and Dougherty, R.  Implementing CQI at the healthcare provider level.  Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow.  14(1):38-39, Feb. 2005.

Strait, L.  An approach to quality improvement.  Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.  2(1):30-35, Jan./Feb. 2005.

Pexton, C.  One piece of the patient safety puzzle:  advantages of the Six Sigma Approach.  Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.  2(1):43-44, Jan./Feb. 2005.

Austin, P., and Anderson, G.  Optimal statistical decisions for hospital report cards.  Medical Decision Making.  25(1):11-19, Jan./Feb. 2005.

Galvin, R., and others.  Has the Leapfrog Group had an impact on the health care market?  Health Affairs.  24(1):228-233, Jan./Feb. 2005.

Berwick, D., Kabcenell, A., and Nolan, T.  No Toyota yet, but a start.  Modern Healthcare.  35(5):18-19, Jan. 31, 2005.

McNamara, J.  Developing the culture to deliver world-class healthcare.  COR Healthcare Market Strategist.  6(1):1, 11-15, Jan. 2005.

MacStravic, S.  Evidence-based experience management in health care.  Health Care Strategic Management.  23(1):1, 18-19, Jan. 2005.

Mills, P., and others.  Using aggregate root cause analysis to reduce falls and related injuries.  Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  31(1):21-31, Jan. 2005.

Berman, S., and Maund, T., editors.  It's in the cards:  a practice-friendly, real-time data collection strategy for quality improvement.  Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  31(1):54-58, Jan. 2005.

Naveh, E., and Stern, Z.  How quality improvement programs can affect general hospital performance.  International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance.  18(4/5):249-270, 2005.

Balding, C. Embedding organisational quality improvement through middle manager ownership.  International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance.  18(4/5):271-288, 2005.

Babensky, J., Roe, J., and Bolton, R.  Lean Sigma--will it work for healthcare?  Journal of Healthcare Information Management.  19(1):39-44, Winter 2005.

Evans, M.  Group moves on quality.  Modern Healthcare.  34(51):14-15, Dec. 20/27, 2004.

The one-hour ER.  Modern Healthcare.  34(50):24-25, Dec. 13, 2004.

Bar-coded patient IDS cut LOS nearly one hour.  ED Management.  16(12):139-140, Dec. 2004.

Boston hospital sees big impact from smoothing elective schedule.  OR Manager.  20(12):1, 10-12, Dec. 2004.

May, E.  Optimizing patient flow.  Healthcare Executive.  19(6):32-34, Nov./Dec. 2004.

Six Sigma process greatly increases New Jersey ED's cash collections.  Hospital Access Management.  23(11):121-124, Nov. 2004.

Six Sigma teams define, measure, and analyze.  Hospital Access Management.  23(11):124-125, Nov. 2004.

Fairbanks, R., and Caplan, S.  Poor interface design and lack of usability testing facilitate medical error.  Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety.  30(10):579-585, Oct. 2004.

Wagner, L.  Quality:  a work in progress.  Provider.  30(10):36-57, Oct. 2004.

Sunyog, M.  Lean management and Six-Sigma yield big gains in hospital's immediate response laboratory.  Clinical Leadership & Management Review.  18(5):255-258, Sept./Oct. 2004.

Bartel, M.  Case study:  improving efficiency in a large hospital laboratory.  Clinical Leadership & Management Review.  18(5):267-272, Sept./Oct. 2004.

Dlugacz, Y.  Six Sigma adds new dimension to quality management processes.  Journal for Healthcare Quality.  26(5):2, Sept./Oct. 2004.

Silvey, A.  A transformational approach to healthcare quality improvement.  Journal for Healthcare Quality.  26(5):3, 57 Sept./Oct. 2004.

Is it time to re-examine structure of your quality department?  Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement.  11(9):97-100, Sept. 2004.

Admitting area redesigned for hospital's QI project.  Hospital Access Management.  23(9):101-103, Sept. 2004.

Vonderheide-Liem, D., and Pate, B.  Applying Quality Methodologies to Improve Healthcare:  Six Sigma, Lean Thinking, Balanced Scorecard, and More.  Mablehead, MA:  HCPro, Inc., 2004.  (W 84 AA1 V946a 2004).

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