Noted Lean Expert Jamie Flinchbaugh Joins KaiNexus’ Advisory Board
KaiNexus, a web and iOS-based software company that makes improvement easier for healthcare organizations, announced that Jamie Flinchbaugh has become a member of KaiNexus’s advisory board. Flinchbaugh has also invested in KaiNexus.
Greg Jacobson MD, CEO and co-founder said, “We are so excited to have Jamie join the advisory board. His unique combination of a Lean background and experience with start-ups is going to be a great benefit as our company grows.”.
Flinchbaugh is a co-founder and partner of the Lean Learning Center in Novi, Michigan. He brings successful and varied experiences of “lean transformation”
"I've been searching for a solution like KaiNexus has built for years,” said Flinchbaugh. “I think they've executed brilliantly, and the leadership team has impressed me with their vision and capabilities."
Flinchbaugh is also the founder of Old Dutch Group, LLC, an organization whose projects include entrepreneurial investment in manufacturing, media projects and marketing and promotion support. In 2006, Jamie was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business on the 40 Under 40 list which notes the accomplishments of young leaders in the community and was named to the 20 Under 40 for the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in 2011.
Mark Graban, KaiNexus’ Chief Improvement Officer, commented, “It’s great to have Jamie involved with KaiNexus, given his visibility in the ‘lean management’ movement around the world. That, combined with his experience coaching startups and leaders in various industries, will be a big asset to KaiNexus and our customers.”
KaiNexus software is based upon the proven improvement principles of “kaizen,” which focuses on identifying and implementing a large number of small, low-cost, low-risk ideas that come primarily from front-line staff. Kaizen is a core part of the “lean” management philosophy that has been embraced by leading healthcare systems around the world.
Founded in 2009, KaiNexus “makes improvement easier” for healthcare by facilitating communication throughout the entire organization with its web-based technology. KaiNexus helps initiate, manage, and spread ideas that come from clinicians and front-line staff, streamlining the management process required for continuous improvement to thrive. It is built for the realities of today’s complex healthcare organizations, helping better facilitate staff and physician-driven continuous improvement efforts.
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 seven healthcare organizations, including UNC Health Care System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services (New Mexico), and Centra Health.
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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:
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Founded in 2009, KaiNexus “makes improvement easier” for healthcare by facilitating communication throughout the entire organization with its web and iOS-based technology. The KaiNexus platform has been in beta use by multiple departments throughout the Vanderbilt University Medical Center since early 2011. KaiNexus is in the process of rolling out to several other large organizations, including University of North Carolina Health Care System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services (New Mexico), and Centra Health (Virginia).
KaiNexus is based on the simple belief that people and organizations want to improve. They want to improve their lives, their families, their communities, and their work. We know that improvement is hard. We firmly believe that we can utilize technology to connect people to make improvement easier. In essence, the result of combining a desire to improve with well-designed technology can allow any organization to attain a state of continual improvement.