Balancing the “Betters”: Are we being innovative enough for “better health”?

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Saskatchewan has always been seen as a leader in health care. From universal health care to primary care to being the first in Canada to establish a Quality Council.  We pride ourselves on being innovative.  We are now moving into another era of innovation with the introduction of the lean management system and hoshin kanari strategic deployment to support our shared goals around the “betters” – better care, better value, better teams, and better health.

We have a lot of innovation happening in the province that’s focused on better care, better value and better teams.  But are we being innovative enough in the area of “better health”?  This 16-minute video provides an example of true health care innovation in this key area.  Rebecca Onie’s story about her Health Leads project is both fascinating and inspiring.

I know life is busy and 16 minutes can feel like an eternity. But I promise this video will make you stop and think: are we maintaining an adequate balance of focus across all of the “bettters”?

Thanks to my colleague Cathy Cole for sharing this with me.

Photo credit: kindgott

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4 Responses to “Balancing the “Betters”: Are we being innovative enough for “better health”?”

  1. Kishore Visvanathan
    June 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Kyla: Thanks for posting this. That might be the most affecting 16 minutes I’ve ever spent. In the closing minute of her presentation, Rebecca nails what the aspiration of all healthcare providers should be.

    Gary: I’d like to believe what you hope – that freeing resources through improved efficiency will lead to redeployment of those resources to health promotion. But, I’ not sure.

    Before that will happen, we need a new mindset in healthcare’s decision-makers, and of course, society. Unless we believe that disease prevention is as worthy as spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on heroic, episodic rescue care of individual patients, any resources saved through lean initiatives will either be reinvested into more high-tech or appropriated by other government sectors.

    If we changed the acute care mindset first, that might be the ultimate lean strategy!

    • Kyla Avis
      Kyla Avis
      June 28, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks Kishore – I’m glad the video resonated with you! I think that it’s a dialogue that needs to be initiatied whenever we can which is why I posted it. I’m committed to advocating for the “better health” aspect of our quadruple aim if you are! Let’s see if we can get more to join us!

  2. Gary Teare
    Gary Teare
    June 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Hey Kyla,
    Thanks for posting this great TED talk. Rebecca Onie reminds us that the health care we have is a result of our CHOICES – and we can choose differently in a whole host of areas. Collectively our health care leaders have made an important choice to “think and act as one” system for the sake of Saskatchewan patients. That was (is) an important first choice that will no doubt lead to many new helpful choices. With our health system’s decision to use lean methods to get waste out of the work of health care we will have opportunities to make choices to redeploy financial, material and human resources. As Rebecca says in the video – “let’s claim [these resources] to realize our ASPIRATIONS for a health system that helps people stay healthy” and not just be a sick-care system.
    I hope LOTS MORE people will watch this TED talk and get inspired to make new choices for health care in Saskatchewan!

    • Kyla Avis
      Kyla Avis
      June 25, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      Thanks for your comment Gary – I think we can often forget our bigger goal of helping people stay healthy not just caring for them when they’re sick so we need to find ways to reminder ourselves about the BIG picture and not lose the forest for the trees.

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