Master of Health Care Innovation
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation
Health Care Operations
The word “operations” derives from the Latin “opus,” and opus means work. So by definition, operations is about work. This course offers an introduction to operations management: after completing the course, you will be able to use a systematic approach for analyzing and improving your work in health care settings. This will benefit patients, teams of care providers, and staff.
The course includes an examination of inefficiencies resulting from the three system inhibitors: waste, variability, and inflexibility. And it provides methods, including creation of charts and graphs, for engaging in the ongoing process of reducing these negative impacts without sacrificing quality of care.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify key performance indicators in health care systems, as well as the factors that inhibit optimal performance.
- Analyze health care activities as processes from the perspective of providers and patients.
- Apply the tools of operations management in order to identify and mitigate sources of waste and barriers to efficiency, as well as undesirable outcomes.
- Summarize methods for forecasting demand, predicting utilization and variability, smoothing variability, and determining appropriate staffing levels.
- Recommend process improvements and innovations to improve patient / client satisfaction.