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Healthcare systems around the world face rising costs, increasingly complex disease states, and shrinking reimbursements. By reimagining healthcare delivery, we have the potential to better align value, increase access to care, and improve clinical outcomes.
Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) is a large academic hospital in the Netherlands with 5,500 employees, 715 beds, and more than 500,000 outpatient clinic visits each year. Like many other hospitals, MUMC+ faced increases in patient volume and complexity of cases, and was under continuous pressure to maintain high-quality care for more patients without increasing costs. In addition, the government’s transition from a budget-based to a pay-per-procedure system intensified competition and incentivized hospitals to work more efficiently in a patient-centric manner.
With this environment in mind, MUMC+ leaders looked to:
To achieve these goals, they sought an innovative and dedicated partner to help develop solutions that drove clinical and economic value — without sacrificing excellent healthcare delivery. They chose Medtronic Integrated Health SolutionsSM, and in 2014, the two began a five-year partnership.
“Sometimes you need a sharp, unbiased external eye to visualize the routine mistakes that are obviously made in all big organizations,” says Prof. Dr. Michael Jacobs, Chairman and Professor of Surgery, Executive Director Heart+Vascular Center, MUMC+.
Medtronic Integrated Health Solutions deployed its Lean Academy training — a program designed to drive process improvement. Training combined classroom work, mentoring, and on-the-job learning to embed efficiency principles into the hospital and ensure lasting, transformational change. This training:
More than 2,500 employees have been trained through Lean Academy and are now running their own value-creating projects, resulting in:
The Heart+Vascular Center is strategically important to MUMC+. The hospital’s goal is to have the center ranked as one of the top 20 “Best in Class” cardiovascular centers in Europe by 2020.
“To become a center of excellence, you need more than the technical ability of the cardiologist,” says Prof. Dr. Jacobs. “You also need to optimize the whole infrastructure, meaning that any kind of waste should be eliminated to get care optimally organized.”
Medtronic Integrated Health Solutions helped the Heart+Vascular Center execute on a number of its specific objectives, with excellent results that included an overall cost savings of $2.5 million in one year.
Maastricht University Medical Center’s motto, Better Than Yesterday, is a tribute to the continuous improvement model at work today. Optimized resources. Increased patient satisfaction. Empowered staff. These are all results of the partnership forged by MUMC+, the Heart+Vascular Center, and Medtronic Integrated Health Solutions to take healthcare Further, Together.
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