Healthcare: No End In Sight – Poor Value at Unsustainable Costs
Something is seriously wrong…
The healthcare industry as a whole in the United States is corrupt, dysfunctional, ineffective, and inefficient. And regardless of “party affiliation”, everyone appears to share this opinion. The only real disagreement (and a heated disagreement at that) is what should be done about it, and whether what has been done to date has a chance of working as promised over time.
This article is pragmatic, not political. It contains anecdotes of my experiences as a recipient of healthcare in the United States versus Germany. It also contains my experiences and findings in the pursuit of adequate health insurance and the costs of healthcare delivery. And lastly, it will contain some reasonable (at least I believe they are reasonable) first steps for improvement.
Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company, delivered a clear and concise message regarding the importance of teams and the power of team building by saying, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” The strength and success of an organization’s operational excellence transformation are highly dependent on a strong team culture.
Executive management of numerous companies have successfully implemented Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions to improve inventory management, increase visibility in supply chain, create customer value and advance competitiveness in the global marketplace.
The majority of these solutions are using a unique ID code and digital memory storing small amounts of data. However, these two built-in RFID features are only a fraction of the full capabilities of RFID. This underutilization is limiting RFID potentially high positive impact on business performance and the drive toward Operational Excellence (OPEX).
Topic: In this rare ‘hostly’ episode, Antlerboy finally gets a microphone that works, and he and JP decide that it’s about time they found out a bit more about each others’ live and, more importantly, Operational Excellence backgrounds. Two old farts reminiscing on a park bench, sure- but for insights into what it takes to build a consultancy, how to achieve ‘escape velocity’, become a valued keynote speaker, and actually stay sane running an operational excellence business, look no further.
From the publicly-traded, multi-national conglomerates, to Girl Scoutsselling their cookies (Thin-Mints rule), to the budding entrepreneur who opens a lemonade stand – and everything in between – there are all manner of companies and individuals offering a near infinite variety of products and services. And about as diverse as the companies and their offerings are, are the ways in which they attempt to build awareness (and the hoped-for resultant sales).
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“Operational Excellence is a state of readiness attained as the efforts throughout the enterprise reach a state of alignment for pursuing its strategies; where the corporate culture is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there – and is a precursor to becoming a high-performance organization…. “
-Joseph F Paris Jr; Founder, Operational Excellence Society LLC®