ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value Networks Announce New Members

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The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value welcomes two new members to its networks. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, has joined the Center’s Clinical Business Intelligence Network (CBIN) and Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, Massachusetts, recently joined the Healthcare Value Network (HVN).

Both networks are peer-to-peer learning communities, respectively bringing together healthcare leaders in clinical analytics and business intelligence, and those focused on providing high-quality, cost-effective care through the application of lean concepts.

CLINICAL BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE NETWORK
CBIN members receive direct access to other healthcare business intelligence thought leaders through events and educational programs offered via the network. “CBIN unites healthcare leaders who are responsible for the content, flow and access of information to support and accelerate their organization’s journey toward becoming a high value delivery system,” said Brian Veara, director of the CBIN.

Members also have opportunities for Gemba visits (a site visit to another member organization) to see firsthand how CBI is being implemented. Collaborating with other CBIN members accelerates the spread of clinical business intelligence by helping them realize greater value from their data and by supporting the performance improvement journeys of their organizations.

New Hanover looks forward to the opportunities this network provides. “We have just begun our BI journey and are excited for the opportunity to connect with others further along on their journey in order to adopt best practices and avoid missteps,” said Kristy Hubard, administrator, business analysis and planning at New Hanover. “We fully embrace the concepts of peer to peer learning, so we are equally excited about sharing insight with others to assist all of us in advancing our analytics capabilities in order to continuously feed our performance improvement efforts.”

HEALTHCARE VALUE NETWORK
HVN members also share knowledge, conduct real-world experiments and access the best resources to accelerate their organizations’ lean transformations. Mike Stoecklein, director of the HVN, shared the importance of adding new members to the network. “Having a variety of healthcare systems in the network expands member opportunities to collaborate with a diverse group of lean healthcare leaders,” he said.

Established in 2009, the network was founded by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and the Lean Enterprise Institute. It is now an integral part of the Center and its healthcare mission.

“There are many problems in our healthcare industry and they are similar no matter where you go. HVN provides a mechanism for us to connect with colleagues across North America and share what we have learned as we tackle our specific problems in our specific circumstances and provoke each other to think more broadly about the problems we face,” said Eric Buehrens, executive vice president, business development, and chief operating officer, Reliant Medical Group. “Given the complex structures within healthcare, we understand we must tackle both the social and economic issues, and the misalignment they cause if we are to improve the process of value creation for our patients. There is a lot to do, and we are excited to be a part of the HVN community.”

NEW HANOVER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible healthcare in southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the ninth largest health care system in the state with a dedicated team of 4,400 employees, 565 physicians and 800 active volunteers. Learn more at: nhrmc.org

RELIANT MEDICAL GROUP
Reliant Medical Group, which was founded in 1929 and currently serves approximately 320,000 patients, is the largest independent, ambulatory integrated health system in the Central Massachusetts and MetroWest Regions. With over 500 providers and 2,700 employees across more than 25 locations, Reliant Medical Group offers a unique collaborative approach to care that helps patients through sickness and health with compassion and a dedication to service. For more information on Reliant Medical Group, please visit us at: reliantmedicalgroup.org.

THEDACARE CENTER FOR HEALTHCARE VALUE
The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value is an education institute that believes we must have three essential elements for sustainable change in healthcare: Delivery of care designed around the patient; payment and incentives based upon value and outcomes; and transparency of performance (quality and cost) throughout the healthcare system. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, we are a small not for profit with a big mission to help change the healthcare industry. Learn more at: createvalue.org.

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