Every industry has its leaders, the handful of top organizations known for their innovative advancements, comprehensive community involvement and extensive legislative activity. Their pragmatic CEOs are known for eloquently delivering “the next great idea” to rooms full of people eager to advance their careers.
It’s the countless professionals focused on advancing medicine who landed
Health care has been in the spotlight. The new health care reform law calls for massive efforts to modernize health care, including everything from electronic health records to improved models of patients care.
It wasn’t easy to get us here. But fortunately, it’s been a great learning experience, and some of the same steps used to improve medical services can be implemented in organizations aiming to lead their industry.
- Collaborate – hospitals and health systems, employers, insurance providers and patients worked together to explore new ways to improve care. For example, at Iowa Health System, our health literacy team received national recognition from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AEQ for their efforts to make it easier for people to communicate with their health-care teams.
- Implement Lean initiatives – It’s been said that a hospital is one of the most complex systems ever created.
- Research best practices – Medical teams learn from one another, analyze data and then implement their findings to standardize patient care. Consider what others are doing in your industry and how their methods can be transferred to your business.
- Set measurable goals – health-care experts didn’t just say “we want to help more people stay healthy” but instead focused their efforts. The 5 Million Lives Campaign’s bold objective: Protect patients from 5 million incidents of medical harm during two years (2006 – 2008). They challenged American hospitals to adopt 12 changes in care that save lives and reduce patient injuries, and
We’re poised to help the nation improve medical services, to lead the dramatic reform required to provide quality care to patients throughout our nation. It’s not always easy at the top, but it’s important to be here.