New White Paper Shows Positive Impact of Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement Programs on Military Health System and Veterans' Hospitals

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Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), including methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints, can significantly improve operational capabilities, financial performance and patient outcomes for military and veteran hospitals. However, there are deployment challenges that are specific to these organizations that must be overcome to achieve long-term success.

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Sharing best practices between the military and veterans healthcare systems offers significant opportunities for advances in patient healthcare delivery and cost containment

NOVACES, a leading provider of healthcare Lean Six Sigma, continuous process improvement (CPI) and quality improvement consulting and training services, today published a white paper that explores the similarities, differences and opportunities for future collaboration between the United States military healthcare system and the Veterans Health Administration. Written by Charles Mount, a retired U.S. Navy captain and director of healthcare services for NOVACES, the insightful article demonstrates that continuous process improvement, including methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints, can significantly improve operational capabilities, financial performance and patient outcomes for military and veteran hospitals.

The new military healthcare white paper is available on the NOVACES web site at: http://www.novaces.com/hc_military.php.

“Sharing best practices between the military and veterans healthcare systems offers significant opportunities for advances in patient healthcare delivery and cost containment,” commented Mount. “Yet despite the many successes that have been achieved from continuous process improvement programs, there are deployment challenges that must be overcome before results can be sustained. At NOVACES, we view our role as an experienced guide to help our clients circumvent many of the common deployment hurdles.”

NOVACES is an active proponent of cross-pollinating successful Lean Six Sigma projects to continue improving the performance of military and VA hospitals and the quality of care provided to the military, their families and the nation’s veterans. As part of its CPI programs, NOVACES helps healthcare organizations improve safety, drive down costs, streamline clinical and operational processes, and improve the timeliness of how these systems respond to beneficiaries.

The company’s proprietary healthcare Lean Six Sigma deployment roadmap, SystemCPI, effectively addresses many of the complex challenges faced by hospitals and health providers, including issues related to cost controls, billing and collections, patient and procedure coding, core quality indicators, patient and visitor safety, patient throughput and discharge processes, data and patient records management, patient satisfaction and medical claims processing as well as pharmacy, laboratory and technology workflow.

“The opportunities for collaboration between the VA and military medicine are clear,” says Mount. “Both systems have tremendous passion for providing the best possible care to those who serve our nation so proudly. Both must confront the ever-increasing challenges of today’s healthcare environment. By working together, the VA and military medicine can maximize the delivery of patient care and, at the same time, achieve the most appropriate use of scarce resources.”

About NOVACES
NOVACES is a leading provider of healthcare Lean Six Sigma, continuous process improvement (CPI) and quality management consulting and training services to both the public and private sectors. By leveraging over two decades of applied research experience, the company is capable of delivering today’s most effective methods for generating breakthroughs in operational capabilities and financial performance. NOVACES serves hospitals, medical centers, large physician networks and practices, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Employing its SystemCPI roadmap, the company provides a framework to deploy and manage a process improvement program that helps clients more rapidly achieve return on investment and self-sufficiency. For more information, visit http://www.NOVACES.com or call 1-877-577-6888.

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