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

Four Indicators Your Lean Effort is NOT Creating a Culture Shift

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1. People are saying, “We’ve tried this before.” Flavor-of-the-month efforts come and go. There are many organizations in healthcare that you’ve never heard of that have tried to implement any number of process improvement methodologies trying to change the culture. One of the most common phrases I hear when working with a new organization on a Lean transformation […]

Obamacare Repeal

Obamacare Replacement Should NOT Immediately Follow Repeal

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There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about how repeal and replacement of Obamacare won’t be done right unless it’s simultaneously. I think they’re wrong. The rush to replace Obamacare could lead to avoidable mistakes.  Lawmakers must take the time to ensure that the replacement is a viable, long-term solution. It must […]

Burying Your Head in the Sand Doesn’t Work in Times of Change

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Burying your head in the sand does not work in times of change.  I’ve worked with many process improvement teams, and the most successful tackle change head on.  They make it a point to acknowledge the challenge ahead and proactively act to limit any negative impact. Here are three reasons why refusing to adapt proactively […]