John Toussaint, MD, is an action-taking revolutionary. As a real leader, not a theorist, he has proven it is possible to vastly improve medical care outcomes while reducing costs. Read about it here.
Appleton, Wisconsin (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, has selected “Potent Medicine: The Collaborative Cure for Healthcare” by John Toussaint as a recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award. Toussaint is the chief executive officer of ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value Inc, an organization that promotes increased efficiency and value within the healthcare marketplace.
“Receipt of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award signifies authors’ significant contribution to the body of knowledge surrounding operational excellence,” said Robert Miller, executive director of The Shingo Prize. “The intent is to motivate others to learn from them.”
Based on efforts to transform healthcare within Wisconsin, “Potent Medicine” offers advice and insights with the goal of remedying the current problems within the healthcare industry and delivering greater value to patients. Toussaint claims that real healthcare transformation will come about by focusing on three core elements: delivery of care must be designed around the patient, treatment quality and cost must be transparent and payment for service must be based on medical outcomes.
“The fully informed patient, who understands the risks, consequences and costs, can best choose the right treatment,” he said. Furthermore, “We operate on fee-for-service, and it’s not working. We need a system that rewards health outcomes instead.”
Toussaint admits that no one individual can fix healthcare alone. He calls on doctors, patients and payers alike to commit time and energy to the solution. “Potent Medicine” is a call to action for leaders across the nation to join ongoing experiments and to stay engaged and involved in healthcare improvement efforts.
“John Toussaint, MD, is an action-taking revolutionary,” said Paul H. O’Neill, 72nd U.S. treasury secretary and former CEO of Alcoa. “As a real leader, not a theorist, he has proven it is possible to vastly improve medical care outcomes while reducing costs. Read about it here.”
By “challenging” or applying for an award, authors invite a group of accomplished professionals and trained examiners from The Shingo Prize to thoroughly review their publications. The examiners select the publications they think are worthy of recognition.
Toussaint will receive the award during the opening social of the 25th Annual Shingo Prize International Conference held in Provo, Utah, the week of May 6-10, 2013. The opening social is the beginning of this four-day event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions designed to provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations in their pursuit of operational excellence.
About The Shingo Prize
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named after Japanese industrial engineer, Shigeo Shingo. Dr. Shingo distinguished himself as one of the world’s thought leaders in concepts, management systems and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System. Drawing from Dr. Shingo’s teachings, The Shingo Prize helps companies and organizations increase their efficiency and effectiveness by developing cultures that better tap the talents of their employees. It also awards and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional results from applying its philosophy and recognizes authors who have contributed important insights and applications of the principles it teaches. Those interested in more information about The Shingo Prize or in registering to attend the 25th Annual International Conference may visit http://www.shingoprize.org.
Founded in 2008 by ThedaCare president/CEO emeritus John Toussaint, MD, the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value strives to create a healthcare marketplace that rewards providers for delivering value. As a worldwide connecting point for those on the continuous improvement journey, the Center is a conduit to spread the healthcare industry’s best practices and experiments for creating patient value and accelerating improvement. Those interested in more information may visit http://www.createvalue.org.