Eliminating Variability in Healthcare

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I talked to Robbie Hughes (@rbbhghs), Founder & CEO of Lumeon (@Lumeon_) who started out his career as an aerospace engineer but found his path in healthcare as he worked to bring some of the process and data analysis rigors to healthcare systems. Their approach to care coordination or orchestration takes data from a wide variety of different places consolidated into a decisioning engine that allows for working out what to do next. They then automate the steps that are routine, reliable, predictable, and things that we know need to happen on a patient-by-patient basis.

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We make comparisons with the Space Industry and the incredible progress that SpaceX has made in terms of building a reusable launch platform as their product. What SpaceX does really well is they measure and they have consistency and reliability of the process, and they understand where you get variation. Healthcare is not good at that and we need to be better.

Listen in to hear our discussion on how data and the elimination of variability in processes can be applied to any facility incrementally. We discuss why the actual outcomes from the process are not the primary target until the processes and data have been aligned and how you go about achieving that using small incremental steps.

About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.