Healthcare systems reform through activity focus
Conference contribution, 2018

Healthcare systems reform through activity focus

 

Peter Almström

 

Department of Technology Management and Economics

Chalmers University of Technology

Gothenburg, Sweden

 

 

Abstract (Intended for oral presentation)

 

Introduction

 

Healthcare systems and particularly the large hospitals need reformation, but there is obviously a lack of good ideas. The professions, the unions as well as the politicians seems to believe that the only solution is to employ more staff. We have seen the effect of that solution: the capacity has increased a little while the cost has increased a lot, i.e. productivity has decreased.

The management philosophies borrowed from other fields have largely failed to deliver the promised improvements. One important reason for this, which hasn’t been highlighted in the science literature, is that the fundamental building blocks for designing and improving the systems are not in place. These building blocks are the activities performed by people at the floor level.

 

Aim

The aim of this presentation is to conceptually explain the fundamental prerequisites to achieve a reform of the operations at large hospitals by focusing on activities, especially those activities that doesn’t involve patients.

 

Material and methods

The conceptual conclusions in this presentation are based on several empirical studies at large hospitals in Sweden using work study and design science methods. The basic concepts are taken from operation management theory developed in other areas of business.

 

Results

Results from several studies are presented in brief, both to illustrate the improvements potentials and to illustrate promising solutions.

 

Conclusions

To focus on activities, which they are and how they are performed, is central for any operational improvement. It has been found that it is essential to differentiate between different types of activities and the most important distinction is to separate “handicraft activities” from “series production activities”.

 

Author

Peter Almström

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

12th NOVO Network symposium
Helsinki, Finland,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

Areas of Advance

Production

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Created

1/29/2019