Hospitalist burnout and sociotechnical factors contributing to workplace stress

Providers with extensive direct patient care, like hospitalists, have been shown to have the greatest risk for burnout. Hospitalists perform a central role in the delivery of patient care in the inpatient setting. While responsible for the general internal medicine care of admitted patients, they attend to a broad spectrum of increasingly complex, higher acuity patients who often have a number of comorbidities. The nature of the care they provide requires working with a broad range of provider-specialists and support staff across the healthcare facility.
By Sara Baker Stokes, Richa Kanwar, Saumya Jain, Karthik Adapa, Samantha Meltzer-Brody and Lukasz Mazur

The importance and improvement of systemness in healthcare

Like many industries, healthcare has been struggling with increasing costs and decreasing revenues for some time. One response to such pressure is to seek to improve the efficiency of operations and the utilization of resources through consolidation, mergers and acquisitions. However, the resulting increase in the size, scope and complexity of healthcare organizations often has the unintended consequence of complicating the coordination of the elements within them.
By Valerie Boelman, Wyatt Hockmeyer, Kevin Nortrup and Matt Vogl

Improving outcomes at a rehab hospital

In 2013, Navicent Health began the continuous improvement journey with internal lean Six Sigma training via the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. The organization imbedded two Six Sigma black belt leaders, with other full-time responsibilities, in the facility with the intent of creating a culture of continuous improvement and transforming the care journey for many patients, families and communities. Recently, a multidisciplinary team was assembled to improve patient discharge outcomes in the spirit of continuous improvement.
By Cassandra Stallworth, Gina Tipton and Casey Bedgood

Using statistics to justify new equipment

Various statistical packages are available to conduct analysis and learn insights that would not be evident simply by looking at data. However, a lot can be achieved by using basic statistics in Excel.
By Merwan Mehta