• Meetbaar Beter expands from two to six heart centers

    The Decision Group proudly announces the establishment of the ‘Foundation Meetbaar Beter’ on Friday May 24 2013, an important milestone on the way to transparency of results of care delivery and quality improvement. Measurement of patient relevant, medical outcome indicators is essential in the improvement cycle of care delivery. Outcome indicators are a valuable improvement tool for physicians and they give insight in results of care delivery for patients and insurers.

    Besides the pioneering hospitals, St. Antonius Hospital and Catharina Hospital, the heart centers of Amphia hospital, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam and the University Medical Center Groningen are now connected to the Foundation Meetbaar Beter.

    Outcome Measures

    With the support of The Decision Group, the heart centers of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven and the St. Antonius Hospital in Utrecht/Nieuwegein developed outcome indicators that were presented at the end of 2012. Both centers presented the results of care delivery, measured according to the newly developed outcome indicators in a ‘Meetbaar Beter’ book.

    Currently Meetbaar Beter is focused on the most common heart diseases; coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation. The heart centers within the Meetbaar Beter foundation expect to have selected the most important outcome indicators to report on outcomes of care for virtually all heart patients. The collaboration of these six heart centers on the development of outcome indicators is ground-breaking. (more…)

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  • Presentation Health Outlook 2013 – June 14

    The Decision Group and STZ (Samenwerkende Topklinische Ziekenhuizen) present the first Health Outlook on Friday June 14. The objective of the Health Outlook is to annually measure and monitor the valorization and cooperation of applied research hospitals, with each other and with the industry, to contribute to a successful and innovative Life Science & Health cluster. (more…)

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  • Compliments for Meetbaar Beter – Success VBHC

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    The Decision Group & Value Based Health Care Center Europe congratulate Dennis van Veghel, most talented young care manager, winner of the Talent of the Year election, by magazine Zorgvisie.

    Dennis van Veghel is the project leader of the successful project Meetbaar Beter. Within Meetbaar Beter, The Decision Group, together with the cardiologists and cardio thoracic surgeons of Catherina and St Antonius Nieuwegein Hospitals developed patient relevant medical Outcome Measures for 5 medical conditions in cardiology.  (more…)

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  • Hiring Strategy Consultants and Business Analysts

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    We are currently looking for consultants and business analysts in the areas of Healthcare, Life Sciences, Consumer industries (consumer products, automotive, entertainment, publishing, retail and finance) and Professional services industries.

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  • Dutch Life Sciences & Health Outlook 2013 – Online

    On Friday 8th 2013, the Dutch Life Sciences & Health Outlook 2013 was presented for a group of  60 key stakeholders in Life Sciences. The Outlook yearly monitors Dutch Life Sciences & Health Cluster success and measures performance and progress of the sector.

    Key messages

    The key conclusions from the Outlook 2013 according to The Decision Group are:

    1. Small and medium companies are compensating the restructuring of large companies, in rate of employment and number of companies.
    2. A) The number of products (drugs) at the final phases of clinical trials has increased, as well as the total number of products in development, and the number of medical devices on the market.
    2. B) The revenue of small and medium companies has declined, the large companies showed growth.
    3. The cluster attracts private investments, public investments are under pressures.

    The Dutch LSH cluster expects to cope with the restructuring of large companies. For a healthy cluster investments in talents and partnerships, co-operations and strategic dialogues are desirable. Patients and companies can make use of 3 spin off projects of the Outlook, to assess and increase the focus on patient value and cost efficiency improvement.

    Health Outlook 2013

    We are proud to announce that we have developed a set of indicators to capture the applied research output from a large part of the Dutch Healthcare System. All involved in the Life Sciences and Health Outlook, have long expressed the wish to incorporate the interface between firms and the health system more systematically. On June 14, the Health Outlook will be presented.

    More Information

    The Dutch Life Sciences Outlook 2013 can be downloaded from our website www.lifesciencesoutlook.com, including the official press release of Outlook 2013 by The Decision Group. For questions, suggestion or more information about the Outlook 2013, please contact Kim Bruheim; k.bruheim@thedecisiongroup.nl

    The Life Science and Health Outlook aims for further improving. Learn from it, share it, get inspired and join the Health Outlook 2013 and LSH Outlook 2014.

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  • Meetbaar Beter Outcome Books available for download

    The first outcome measures and results for several medical conditions in cardiology are known! Download the Meetbaar Beter books by clicking the seperate books for the Heart Centers of Catharina and St Antonius hospitals.

    Meetbaar Beter – Value Based Health Care

    With Meetbaar Beter, The Decision Group, together with the cardiologists and cardio thoracic surgeons of Catherina and St Antonius Nieuwegein Hospitals developed patient relevant medical Outcome Measures for 5 medical conditions in cardiology and new medical conditions are being explored.

    Meetbaar Beter is based on the concepts of Value Based Health Care.  The outcome measures are developed from the perspective of the patient. What are the value adding activities for the patient and how can value be measured? Learn more and visit the dedicated website: www.vbhc.nl

    Learn More? Masterclass Outcome Measures – October 30

    Learn how Outcome Measures can be developed and implemented during the Masterclass Outcome Measures of  October 30, 2012 or March 6th, 2012.  Sign up or send an email to Niels van Gorp for more information. Best practices in the field of clinical management are discussed at the Clinical Management Workshop Series based on Harvard Business Cases. Discover how the Cleveland Clinic implemented outcome measures or how Intermountain optimized its processes. Visit the website for more information.

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  • Compliments for Meetbaar Beter & Value Based Health Care

    The first outcome measures and results for several medical conditions in cardiology are known! More than 250 visitors attended the impressive symposium in the Ruwenberg St. Michielsgestel on October 12, 2012. Prof. Dr. Fred van Eenennaam, partner of The Decision Group, led the afternoon, and told how Value Based Health Care works and how the outcome measures have been established.

    Patient Value

    The outcome measures are developed from the perspective of the patient. What are the value adding activities for the patient and how can value be measured? Maarten Koomans, partner of The Decision Group and chairman of Value Based Health Care Center Europe explains: “The results are for the total care of the patient. Not limited to the hospital and not only for the treatment by the medical specialist.” This is underlined by Dennis van Veghel, project leader Meetbaar Beter. “We give the patient insights into what he or she may expect of us”.

    Support

    The patient organization Heart & Vascular Group was enthusiastic about the approach. It is: “durven, doen en doorpakken“. The Consumentenbond added: “There is widespread support created and it is started by the medical specialist“. The cardiologists and cardio thoracic surgeons have worked with The Decision Group to develop  outcome measures. “It’s works like a mirror,” admits Jacques Koolen cardiologist Catharina Ziekenhuis. Through intensive collaboration we learned from each other, and the dialogue was based on quality.

    Enthusiasm

    Several websites (nu.nl, skipr, zorgvisie), radio (radio 1) and television (including nos-journal) paid attention to the symposium. Achmea Senior Medical Advisor Ben Crul complimented Meetbaar Beter with its speed and scientific argumentation. Joel Gijzen Director Zorg Inkoop CZ stressed that attention should be paid on improving the care process with outcome measures as a clear internal quality control. Comparing with other hospitals is secondary. VGZ Maarten van der Vorst shared the view of Achmea and CZ and was particularly pleased with the acceptance of the field.

    Meanwhile, four hospitals indicated to participate in Meetbaar Beter. Veronique Esman-Peeters Director Curatieve Zorg hopes that people will cooperate with Meetbaar Beter. She is very happy with the speed of the project.

    Learn More?

    Learn how Outcome Measures can be developed and implemented during the Masterclass Outcome Measures of  October 30, 2012. Sign up or send an email to Niels van Gorp for more information. Best practices in the field of clinical management are discussed at the Clinical Management Workshop Series based on Harvard Business Cases. Discover how the Cleveland Clinic implemented outcome measures or how Intermountain optimized its processes. Visit the website for more information.

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  • Heart Centers share their results on Outcome Measures

    For the first time in the Netherlands, patient relevant medical Outcome Measures will be presented. The Decision Group, together with the cardiologists and cardio thoracic surgeons of Catherina and St Antonius Nieuwegein Hospitals developed patient relevant medical Outcome Measures for 5 medical conditions in cardiology.

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  • Looking for new colleagues

    Interested in a new job or internship at the Decision Group or Insitute? At this moment 6 vacancies/internships for various functions are open for application. Enthusiastic? Visit the  Join us page on our website for detailed information, job descriptions and what we look for, or click the ‘Now Hiring’ button above now.

    The Decision Group & The Decision Institute

    The Decision Group is a leading-edge strategy consulting firm. Focus: helping our clients to take better business decisions. Our advice is pragmatic and involved. Ideal stepping stone to the top. It is an innovative, high end strategy consulting firm that has strong academic links with international renowned universities (examples are Harvard, The George Washington University, St Gallen,  and Erasmus University), and a team of experienced and enthusiastic consultants.

    The Decision Institute provides and collaborates in various major executive and MBA programs on Strategy & Governance and Healthcare around the world. The institute organizes and develops executive education, seminars, masterclasses, symposia and workshops for c-level and in-house or TDI-branded clients. The Decision Institute is the educative branch of  consulting firm The Decision Group and provides open, degree and in-house executive and change programs in and outside the Netherlands in cooperation with top international business schools and universities.

    More information

    For more information contact Barbara Mees on 0346 574942 or b.mees@thedecisiongroup.nl. Your CV, preferably with picture, may be sent to:The Decision Group, attn. Barbara Mees, Straatweg 130A, 3621BV Breukelen or b.mees@thedecisiongroup.nl

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  • Experts give vision on implementation and use Outcome Measures

    ‘Determining Outcome Measures based on the Value Based Healthcare methodolgy is very practical and forces to think in small steps. A bottom-up perspective that can result in  major culture changes.’ These were the two main conclusions of the healthcare experts during the masterclass Outcome Measures of affiliate The Decision Institute.

    Establishing Outcome Measures is an essential step in creating Patient Value. It results in putting the patient at the core of the Healthcare system. From a historical perspective, outcome measures are developed to provide information to several governmental institutions.  However, these measures can also be used beyond compliance to function as a tool to improve quality and efficiency.  The implementation requires a company culture change. However, by starting with small steps, these changes will roll out automatically.

    Implementation: Do and Don’ts

    Do

    • Select the right outcome measures; first the most relevant outcome measures for patients and the medical staff, then for the board and insurance companies.
    • Improve the culture of the organization from bottom up.
    • The quality of decision making by indicators, depends on clearly defined medical conditions.
    • Your own leading medical professionals, with outside help and references, will lead this process most effectively.

    Do not

    • Do not fall in the trap of availability of data, process or structure measures and health economic methodologies.
    • Avoid making this a staff accreditation excercise.
    • Do not bother with the many and unsuccesful indicator efforts in The Netherlands, they have obstructed clinical delivery and decision making.

    Value Based Healthcare: How to start?   

    The Decision Group has internationally leading expertise on the development of patient relevant medical outcome measures. As official Partner of Prof. Michael Porter at Harvard Business School we have developed practical ways to implement his theory of ‘Value-based Healthcare’.  One of our Value Based Healthcare projects is the development of outcome measures for the heart centers of Catharina-hospital Eindhoven and Antonius hospital Nieuwegein. In case, you would like to learn more:

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