As part of the partnership, VHA Georgia will introduce KaiNexus software to their members, since the technology supports their improvement needs and supports their mission.
VHA Georgia, Inc.’s and Phoenix Health Care Management Services, Inc.’s purpose is to ensure the success of not-for-profit health care. They do so by offering their member hospitals a broad range of performance improvement needs from operational and financial to supply chain and clinical. This includes their Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Program which differentiates itself from other companies by providing hospitals sustainable change, a low-cost solution, cultural transformation and custom engagements. Their LSS program accomplishes this by employing tools and concepts to reduce process waste and variation while increasing quality and patient outcomes.
Gregory Jacobson, MD, CEO of KaiNexus said, “We are excited to partner with VHA Georgia and Phoenix Healthcare Management Services. We know there is a lot of great healthcare improvement work taking place in Georgia and we, at KaiNexus, are excited to help and serve this market.”
Jennifer Strahan, MS, Director of Lean Six Sigma at VHA Georgia, Inc., stated, “Two of the most common barriers our healthcare organizations face when implementing Lean Six Sigma and performance improvement methodologies are the lack of employee engagement and lack of transparency about improvement opportunities. VHA Georgia is excited to partner with KaiNexus as their technology directly addresses both of these concerns. We see this partnership adding significant value to our hospitals and their improvement initiatives.”
The KaiNexus software platform, which is based upon the proven improvement principles of “kaizen,” has been proven to assist in an organization’
Kaizen is a core part of the “Lean” management philosophy, based on the practices of Toyota and other leading companies, that has been embraced by leading healthcare systems around the world. The concepts are presented more fully in Graban’s book Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements.
The KaiNexus software platform is intended to reduce unnecessary costs accrued by the United States health care system, which squanders $750 billion a year – roughly 30 cents of every medicinal dollar – through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, according to a report published earlier this month by the Institute of Medicine. KaiNexus is also currently pursuing deals with health systems in Europe, as the cost and quality problems faced by the American health system are also a major issue in other countries.
To learn more about the VHA Lean Six Sigma program, visit http://www.vhageorgia.com/
Founded in 2009, KaiNexus “makes improvement easier (http://kainexus.com/
The KaiNexus platform has been in use by multiple departments throughout the Vanderbilt University Medical Center since early 2011, after they participated in the development of early versions of the software, starting in 2005. KaiNexus is now in use in fifteen healthcare organizations, including University of North Carolina Health Care System, University of Michigan Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services (New Mexico), Cook Children’s Health System, and Centra Health, as well as a trucking and logistics company.
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Note to Editors
Gregory Jacobson MD, Co-Founder and CEO of KaiNexus, graduated from Washington University in St Louis in 1997 with a BS in Biology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine from 1997 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004, he completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he then stayed on as faculty. Starting in 2004, it was his observation and research of operational inefficiencies and unrealized improvement opportunities that resulted in the creation of a rudimentary software tool at VUMC and, ultimately, the founding of KaiNexus. Jacobson is co-author of “Kaizen: A Method of Process Improvement in the Emergency Department, (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
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