MHCD Solutions

May 12, 2017

Read The Full Prompt

(NOTE: The Open Knowledge site is, as its name suggests, open to be viewed by the public.  When completing this assignment, please be aware that–although only members of the group can post to this site–the content of the site is available to the general public.)

Part 1: Issue/Problem Identification (Due by Monday, May 1, 2017)

Now that we have completed our second module (Manage for Performance), we ask you to describe an issue or problem that has been particularly challenging for you or your organization.  What has been troubling you at work?  Are there any changes would you like to make but have been  struggling to figure out how, when, or where to start?  The issue or problem you propose can be drawn from a wide range of areas, such as operations (e.g., improving flow of patients through radiology or the ED), leadership (e.g., improving organizational or team performance), strategy (e.g., building a disease-specific clinical program), or any other discipline we have examined in the program.

The problem you propose should be one that you have not yet “solved” and that, in your view, could benefit from the input from your MHCD colleagues. Whatever you do, don’t let your current lack of an “answer” discourage you from proposing an issue; in fact, such issues are precisely the ones we would like you to bring forward. Perhaps your problem is one that others have experienced in a similar form within their own organizations.  You won’t know unless you offer up the challenge.

A paragraph or two (typically a 300-500 words) should be sufficient to describe your problem. Feel free to use any visuals (e.g., charts, exhibits, web links to video) that would help others grasp the nature of your challenge in a clear and concise manner.

This part of the assignment is due by Monday, May 1.

Part 2: Commenting on Problems (Due by Friday, May 12, 2017)

Using the commenting function in Open Knowledge, please provide your comments or advice on at least five (5) issues or problems proposed by others.  Are there examples that you might suggest they look to in trying to develop a solution?  Are there individuals that you might suggest they contact? Are there ways in which you might suggest that they refine the statement of their problem? Again, please remember that your comments are open to be viewed by the general public.

Please complete your five required comments by Friday, May 12.  Of course, we would like you to comment on as many proposals as possible, so please don’t see five as a limit.

Also, please use the site to engage in back-and-forth discussions (e.g., those who propose solutions should feel free to react to the comments and suggestions of others in the interest of getting a dialogue going). You never know who might get enticed to enter a given discussion. Your participation will ensure that as many participants as possible get helpful feedback on their problems.  In the process of helping others, we hope you might learn from them as well.

Submitted (63)

Breaking Down Departmental Lines to Form Disease Specific Centers
Wee Joo
Posted on April 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm
How to transition from a traditional departmental based organisation into one which is disease / cancer region based with each tumor group / center comprised of a range of specialty e.g. surgery, medical oncology, Radiation oncology, specialised advance practice nurse, [...]
Anesthetists & Surgeons: Interventions for a complex relationship
Posted on April 20, 2017 at 9:14 am
Supporting the Anesthetist & Surgeon relationship
Balancing Local and System Interests (Aren’t we on the same team?)
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 11:02 pm
How can we best balance system growth and regionalization of care and not alienate community physicians?
Medical Tourism: Friend or Foe?
Pelayo de Merlo
Posted on April 9, 2017 at 6:55 am
The integration of Medical Tourism in a country´s healthcare system is a feat that promises tantalizing rewards for those who manage to surpass its many challenges and trade-offs. Hospitals who embark on the journey of incorporating medical tourism into their [...]
Physician Employment Strategies: Maximizing Alignment and Engagement
T. Dewey
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 11:04 pm
Complexities of physician employment strategies to create alignment and engagement
On line scheduling
Steve Davis
Posted on April 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm
Online scheduling in a highly customized setting
Blending Cultures
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm
Around 6 years ago Clarian Health Methodist Hospital and Indiana University School of Medicine merged into one organization. Historically 2 separate hospital, approximately 1 mile apart, functioned as competitors but with the merger the goal was to unify resources to [...]
Evolving role of Electronic Health Care Informatics, and the current and future challenges in terms achieving the Right Balance
Last modified on April 20, 2017 at 2:10 am
How to adopt the right balance between the electronic documentation in health care professionals workflow and quality of patient care?  
ICU resources for Cardiac Surgery Patients
Last modified on April 22, 2017 at 6:39 am
There have been a lot of discussions should all the ICU treatments be under same management control, or should we have highly spesified units (e.g. cardiac surgery icu)
Innovation in Healthcare in Developing Countries – “a Fallacy or a misnomer?”
Ciiru Iraki
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm
How can healthcare sector in Africa and other developing countries be transformed through Healthcare innovation to reduce Maternal and infant mortality? Infant mortality is the death of a child less than one year of age. Infant mortality is the death [...]
Consumer Driven Primary Care
Primary Care
Posted on April 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm
Retail healthcare outlets, good or bad for long term health quality?
End of Life Care
Rob Reed
Posted on May 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm
Strategies to improve Palliative Care adoption and end of life care.
Implementing Centralized Health-System Medication Quality and Safety
Joanna K
Posted on May 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm
New opportunity to lead centralized health-system medication quality and safety
Implementing a value based health care delivery model
Posted on April 17, 2017 at 5:38 pm
value based health care delivery model in post acute care
Maximizing Hospital Bed Utilization in Rural Communities using a Telemedicine Hospitalist Model
Posted on April 29, 2017 at 9:30 pm
In rural areas of North Central Washington, like many rural areas, small access hospitals are becoming less and less used, while hospital beds in urban areas are often in short demand. How do we leverage this underused resource?