Program for Supporting Frontline Improvement Projects in an Academic Radiology Department
AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2021 Apr 28;1-10. doi: 10.2214/AJR.20.23421. Online ahead of print.
David B Larson, Sandhya Kumar, L Jake Mickelsen, Dorothy A Cordova, Allison N Faust
OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to describe the results of an ongoing program implemented in an academic radiology department to support the execution of small- to medium-size improvement projects led by frontline staff and leaders.
MATERIALS AND METHODS. Staff members were assigned a coach, were instructed in improvement methods, were given time to work on the project, and presented progress to department leaders in weekly 30-minute reports. Estimated costs and outcomes were calculated for each project and aggregated. An anonymous survey was administered to participants at the end of the first year.
RESULTS. A total of 73 participants completed 102 projects in the first 2 years of the program. The project type mix included 25 quality improvement projects, 22 patient satisfaction projects, 14 staff engagement projects, 27 efficiency improvement projects, and 14 regulatory compliance and readiness projects. Estimated annualized outcomes included approximately 4500 labor hours saved, $315K in supply cost savings, $42.2M in potential increased revenues, 8- and 2-point increase in top-box patient experience scores at two clinics, and a 60-incident reduction in near-miss safety events. Participant time equated to approximately 0.35 full-time equivalent positions per year. Approximately 0.4 full-time equivalent was required to support the program. Survey results indicated that the participants generally viewed the program favorably.
CONCLUSION. The program was successful in providing a platform for simultaneously solving a large number of organizational problems while also providing a positive experience to frontline personnel.
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