University of Michigan Health System Urology Department Signs Agreement to Use KaiNexus Software

Startup KaiNexus signs its ninth healthcare customer as its software that "makes improvement easier" gains increased traction in the market. The Urology Department at the University of Michigan Health Systems is their latest customer.
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Sept. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- DALLAS – KaiNexus, a web and iOS-based software company that makes improvement easier for healthcare organizations, announced today that the University of Michigan Health System, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has signed a commercial license to pilot the KaiNexus platform in the Urology Department. KaiNexus is being used to assist in the department’s continued quality improvement and process improvement efforts.

Kevin DeHority, a Lean Coach with the University of Michigan Health System, shared the following: “KaiNexus has fit nicely within our Lean in Daily Work model (UMHS’ daily lean management system).  The overall management of ideas from inception to implementation has improved.”

Gregory Jacobson, MD, co-founder and CEO of KaiNexus said, “We continue to show that KaiNexus is a powerful tool that is adaptable to almost any organization's improvement style.”  

Jacobson added, “Having an organization of the caliber of the University of Michigan Health System using our product is quite an honor.  They have shown, throughout the years, that their dedication and application of lean and kaizen ranks among the best in the nation.”

Mark Graban, the chief improvement officer at KaiNexus added, "We are excited that the University of Michigan Health System is giving our platform a try, as they are widely recognized as a leader in lean healthcare and process improvement, in addition to providing top-notch clinical care.”

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 and the concepts are presented more fully in Mark Graban’s book Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements.

About KaiNexus
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 nine 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.

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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,” published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.  

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