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Peter A. Woodbridge, MD, MBA Director, MidWest Mountain Veterans Engineering Resource Center ACOS for Quality and Medical Effectiveness, Nebraska Western.

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1 Peter A. Woodbridge, MD, MBA Director, MidWest Mountain Veterans Engineering Resource Center ACOS for Quality and Medical Effectiveness, Nebraska Western Iowa VA Health Care System Assistant Professor, Health Services Research and Administration, UNMC College of Public Health MidWest Mountain VERC Overview

2 The Veterans Engineering Resource Centers (VERC) Rooted in a research / medical center operations collaboration  Grounded in NAE/IOM 2005 recommendations*  Proof of concept – engineering student projects  Highly visible transformative improvements Four VERC with budgets of ~$500K to $1.5M each established June 2009  Funded with medical care appropriations  Resource centers Provide applied operations systems engineering support Engage faculty to develop novel operations systems engineering in support transformative improvement * NAE/IOM, Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering Health Care Partnership. 2005

3 MWM VERC: Multi-VISN / Multi- University / HSRD Partnership VISN  V12, 18, 19, 23  14 mid-west and mountain states  1.2M Veterans  24 medical centers HSRD  IDEAS REAP  CRICC REAP Affiliated Universities  ASU  Creighton University  MSU  NMSU  NDSU  U Colorado, Denver  U Iowa  U Minnesota  U Nebraska, Lincoln  UNMC  U Wisconsin, Madison  27 faculty

4 Why a Multi-VISN, Multi-University VERC? Intractable healthcare systems problems  Defy simple process improvement or managerial solutions  Generate unintended disruption of other systems  Require consideration of process, structure, and patterns  Solutions fail to spread and / or be sustained

5 MWM VERC Vision: The Healthcare Work Place of the Future All staff have the knowledge, capabilities, and desire to strive continuously for excellence  Educate healthcare workers in systematic approach to value improvement  Make healthcare an attractive career for graduating engineering students Systems and processes are engineered for excellence  Error-proofed, error-recovering and self-healing  Integrated as patient-centered systems rather than linked, discrete processes Expertise, not bounded by geography, coalesces to solve intractable healthcare systems problems in diverse, multi-talented, teams

6 Achieving Excellence Healthcare is “complex” – not “complicated*” Processes, structures, and patterns matter*  Process – the steps to taken to complete a task  Structures – the policies, equipment, etc. that support processes  Patterns – the organizational context surrounding the processes and structures (e.g., relationships, beliefs, traditions, etc.) *Paul Plsek “Complexity and the Adoption of Innovation in Health Care” AHRQ, 2003

7 MWM VERC: Organizational Goals Provide support across the entire SR/QI continuum  “Essential” SR / QI knowledge projects  Applied engineering projects  Academic engineering projects Ensure a pipeline of OSE to enter VHA service Provide OSE support for SR collaboration and knowledge sharing

8 The Role of SR/OSE

9 VERC Improvement Metaphors Essential SR / QI Applied Engineering Academic Engineering Share knowledgeDiscover knowledgeCreate knowledge TrainAssistConsult Spread and sustainImproveInnovate Quality assuranceQuality planningQuality improvement ReactiveCorrectivePreventive Fix pastOptimize presentImprove future DefinedConcreteConceptual Off the shelfCustomizeDevelop

10 MWM VERC Goals & Projects: T21 – “Develop capabilities and enabling systems to drive performance and outcomes” Essential SR / QI Projects  Educate the healthcare work force of the future  Improvement methods ontology  Lean healthcare implementation and training Applied OSE Projects  EHR documentation in support of PCMH  Inpatient staffing optimization  Reusable medical equipment ISO-9000 compliance  Technical engineering assistance consultation service Academic OSE Projects  SR virtual collaboration social computing environment  Teamwork during emergencies

11 SR Virtual Collaboration Social Computing Environment

12 MWM VERC Goals & Projects: T21 – “Expand access for Veterans including women and rural populations” Applied OSE  Advanced scheduling  Centralized vs. decentralized scheduling  Clinic space optimization Academic OSE  Agent based modeling of rural health access  Improve rural mental health access and effectiveness through tele-medicine

13 MWM VERC Goals & Projects: T21 – “Design a Veteran-centric healthcare model and right sized infrastructure to help navigate the healthcare delivery system” Applied OSE  Patient centered medical home collaborative  Clinic telephone response optimization collaborative  Improving clinic visit efficiency Academic OSE  Dual care for rural veterans  Coordinating care across the continuum

14 Status Report MWM VERC Projects  Active projects: 19  VERC funded projects: 15  Project deliverables received to date: 139 OSE Engagement  Funded OSE faculty: 15  Funded OSE universities: 9 OSE trainees engaged in VHA MWM VERC projects  Undergraduates: 15  Masters students: 18  PhD students: 10  Post Doctoral: 2

15 The MWM VERC Leadership Team Leadership  Peter Woodbridge, MD, MBA, Director  Jennifer Wagner, PhD, DD Academic Engineering & Research  Chris Masek, DD Applied Engineering  Mike Rubin, MD, AD Academic Engineering & Research  Brian Hertz, MD, AD Applied Engineering Staff  Eric Aldinger, Administrative Officer  Bryan Gamble, Project Manager  Gary Kiel, Program Analyst  Ann Fetrick, Research Coordinator  TBD. Lean Program Manager  TBD, IE Chicago  TBD, IE Phoenix

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