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Time-based analysis of total cost of patient episodes: a case study of hip replacement.

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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland. antti.peltokorpi@hut.fi

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Healthcare in the public and private sectors is facing increasing pressure to become more cost-effective. Time-based competition and work-in-progress have been used successfully to measure and improve the efficiency of industrial manufacturing. Seeks to address this issue.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:

Presents a framework for time based management of the total cost of a patient episode and apply it to the six sigma DMAIC-process development approach. The framework is used to analyse hip replacement patient episodes in Päijät-Häme Hospital District in Finland, which has a catchment area of 210,000 inhabitants and performs an average of 230 hip replacements per year.

FINDINGS:

The work-in-progress concept is applicable to healthcare--notably that the DMAIC-process development approach can be used to analyse the total cost of patient episodes. Concludes that a framework, which combines the patient-in-process and the DMAIC development approach, can be used not only to analyse the total cost of patient episode but also to improve patient process efficiency.

ORIGINALITY/VALUE:

Presents a framework that combines patient-in-process and DMAIC-process development approaches, which can be used to analyse the total cost of a patient episode in order to improve patient process efficiency.

PMID:
16875095
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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