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Author Burge, Ryan C., author.

Title Engineering solutions to America's healthcare challenges / Ryan Burge
Published Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, 2014
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Series A Productivity Press book
Contents 1. Prevention and personal accountability -- 2. System says -- 3. Care ethics -- 4. From the exhibit hall to your body -- 5. Trading hotel rooms for sick beds -- 6. Insured or imagined? -- 7. The classroom : where medicine begins -- 8. Health is the law -- 9. Still in development -- 10. Conclusion
Summary "Engineering Solutions to America's Healthcare Challenges covers the technologies, systems, and processes that are emerging in hospitals, clinics, community centers, universities, and the White House to repair healthcare in the United States. Focusing on the importance of individuals being proactive about their own state of health, it presents a systems approach to changing the way healthcare professionals do business and take care of their patients. Written by a leading government and private sector consultant with more than a decade of experience as an industrial engineer, the book features interviews with leading industry experts, both domestic and international. Describing how industrial engineering practices are shaping healthcare, it explains why systems thinking must be the foundation for every aspect of healthcare. The book presents proven Lean and Six Sigma tools that can help any healthcare organization begin making operational improvements that result in a better quality of care for patients all while reducing and even eliminating the waste of time, money, and human resources. These solutions include implementing Six Sigma in emergency rooms, 5S in accounting for medical inventory, using Theory of Constraints to form a plan for shortening the length of stay in hospitals, how informatics are used to aggregate and benchmark sensitive data, and design of experiments to recruit and retain the best healthcare talent. The book illustrates the most common factors involved with successful Six Sigma projects in healthcare organizations and considers the implications of a rapidly growing medical tourism industry. It addresses the role of insurance on healthcare improvement and also previews some of the most fascinating technological advances currently in development. It also offers examples and analysis of The Institute of Medicine's six aims for healthcare: safety, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, family-centered focus, and equity"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Delivery of Health Care -- economics.
Biomedical Engineering -- economics.
Insurance, Health.
Organizational Case Studies.
Biomedical engineering -- Economic aspects -- United States
Health insurance -- United States.
Medical care -- United States.
Medical economics -- United States.
Health insurance.
Medical care.
Medical economics.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
United States.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1466583568