The Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value has been involved in changing the face of healthcare through the education of healthcare leaders on lean principles and providing a collaborative network for groups to share results with lean. With the state of healthcare in the United States changing rapidly, companies are looking for new methods to not only cut costs, but also continue to provide competitive care for patients. There are three aspects that the Center focuses on: care delivery, payment, and transparency.
Lessons in care delivery help health leaders transform their current systems into ones that bring value to the patient and prevent the almost 15 million incidents of medical harm that occur in the U.S. each year. The Center also engages in payment reform. The current system rewards health providers based on over-utilization instead of outcomes, which emphasizes sickness care instead of measures to prevent disease. Finally, the Center has been working to increase transparency of the healthcare system to the consumer, i.e. the patient. By understanding the cost, quality, risks and consequences of health-based decisions consumers can make informed decisions on the type of care they receive.
During the course of my internship at the Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value, I observed the various experiments the Center was engaged in and worked to improve upon those already in place. I was able to gain a unique perspective on the measures organizations are taking to adapt to the changing healthcare environment.
Alec Winzenried, ’14
Green Bay, WI
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sponsor: Barbara Christie-Pope