productivity

Productivity Improvement: What Side of The Equation Has Your Focus?

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Lately, I’ve been working on productivity improvement with hospital teams within their operations.  The basic concept of productivity improvement is the team has to do the same amount of work or more with less resources to be more efficient.  Use the following equation to calculate productivity within a department: Productivity = Worked Hours divided by […]

Lean Tool: Circle of Work Analysis to Identify Quantify Waste

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I define the lean tool known as a Circle of Work analysis as the observation of multiple workflows within a workplace all impacting a single value stream.  This is done for the purpose of capturing data about the amount of waste existing in a given set of processes.  The process for capturing the data is […]

The 8 Lean Wastes in Healthcare

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Below are some examples of how each of the 8 Lean wastes in healthcare may appear.  Reviewing this list will help you identify lean waste within your own workplace.  From personal experience, I can tell you that it is important to prepare your mindset when first conducting a lean waste walk. Prepare yourself to ask “why” […]

Lean in Healthcare: Improving a Housekeeping Operation

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Find this and other posts of mine at my blog covering lean application in healthcare.  (www.smartleanhealthcare.com) Healthcare is complex.  There are many pressures competing against any organization succeeding in providing a good patient experience; let alone a great one. In my time as a health system executive with oversight for a multi-facility housekeeping operation, I […]