Lean Healthcare – Stand Alone Courses

Stand Alone Workshops: Healthcare – $99.00/each

Our Stand Alone Lean Training workshops are interactive eLearning training modules intended for anyone employed in a healthcare environment. These workshops will introduce you to Lean Tools and give you the background and perspective to make the best decisions for you or your organization’s paths to process excellence. Our workshops will help you learn and/or reinforce the fundamental concepts and application of Lean tools.
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Introduction to Lean Concepts: Healthcare

Length: 1.5 hours

Introduction to Lean Healthcare is based on real case materials from healthcare, with an emphasis on the patient experience. Concepts are introduced within the context of key issues such as surgical wait times, admission procedures, coordination of services, and distribution of supplies and medication.

Training Course Content

  • Advantages of going Lean in Healthcare
  • The nine kinds of waste, with healthcare examples
  • Lean attitudes and metrics
  • Traditional healthcare organizations
  • Overcoming obstacles to Lean transformation
  • Lean as a total system – a cultural shift
  • Mapping the patient-centric Value Stream – the meaning of end-to-end transformation
  • The ongoing Lean journey in healthcare

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Value Stream Mapping: Healthcare

Length: 1.0 hour

A value stream is the set of all activities, from request to delivery, used to provide a product or service to our clients. Understanding and improving our processes as integrated end-to-end systems is fundamental to real and sustainable improvement in healthcare.

Enterprise Value Stream Mapping® is a lean technique that provides this end-to-end ‘systems’ perspective for analysis and coordinated improvement. EVSM® provides a roadmap and shared vision, and an actionable plan. Applied to healthcare systems, this results in a cycle of continuous sustainable improvement in meeting our patients’ needs.

Training Course Content

  • The value stream and Enterprise Value Stream Mapping®
  • Six major steps in value stream improvement using EVSM®
  • Differences between process mapping and value stream mapping
  • Identifying the value stream or value stream family
  • Developing the current-state value stream map
  • Analysis of the current-state, client demand, takt time, waste
  • Developing the future-state value stream map and implementation plan
  • Sequence and coordination of improvement activities
  • Execution of the plan through kaizen improvement teams

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Kaizen Events: Healthcare

Length: 1.5 hours

Kaizen, Japanese for “improvement for the better”, is at the core of Lean, both practically and culturally. Kaizen events are structured sessions where workers build action plans to correct deficiencies, usually identified previously in a Future State Implementation Plan. For healthcare workers who are passionate about patient care, these events are the moment of truth where they take on the barriers that stand between them and their patients.

Training Course Content

  • The meaning of Kaizen in healthcare
  • Kaizen Events, the patient-centric Value Stream Map, and the Future State Plan
  • Responsibilities of the Value Stream Leader and Kaizen Event Leader
  • Cross-functional Kaizen teams, types of Kaizen
  • How a Kaizen Event is initiated, event constraints
  • Successful practices of Kaizen healthcare teams
  • Basic team problem-solving tools, Brainstorming, Five Why
  • Root Cause and the Cause and Effect Diagram
  • The Kaizen Event Problem-Solving Process
  • Identify the problem, measure, analyze, generate solutions
  • Select the solution, implement, evaluate, standardize
  • Sustaining Kaizen improvements in the healthcare system

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5S Workplace Organization: Healthcare

Length: 1.5 hours

5S, an acronym for “sort, set-in-order, shine, standardize, sustain”, is a simple yet powerful method for transforming the physical workspace. Frequently applied to busy areas such as to nursing stations, operating rooms, supply areas, and emergency wards, 5S helps create an orderly environment to support Leaner processes, while making safer facilities that are pleasant for workers and reassuring for patients.

Training Course Content

  • The origin, structure, and benefits of 5S in healthcare
  • “Red-tagging” to identify and remove unnecessary material from the workplace: the sorting process
  • Necessary processes to improve access to materials and equipment
  • The role of cleaning in maintaining quality and throughput
  • Creation and use of procedures, policies, and job aids associated with 5S activities
  • Roles and functions in the monitoring of, and improvements to, 5S processes

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Mistake Proofing: Healthcare

Length: 1.0 hour

Mistake Proofing is an established Lean technique for identifying key sources of error and implementing devices, mechanisms, and methods to prevent mistakes from occurring and, when they do occur, from harming individuals, and the organization.

All systems are subject to error, and it is critical for organizations to have processes in place that reduce both the incidence and the potential impact of mistakes.

Training Course Content

  • Consequences of error in Healthcare
  • Three primary sources of error and the relation between errors and defects
  • Mistake Proof, Failsafe, Poke Yoke, and Jidoka, with everyday examples
  • Characteristics of Mistake Proofing devices, mechanisms, and methods
  • Four levels of Mistake Proofing, with Healthcare examples
  • The role of the Value Stream in a continuous problem solving cycle
  • Red-flag conditions in Healthcare
  • Mistake Proofing and Conventional Wisdom
  • The value of 5S in Mistake Proofing
  • Examples of colour coding, positioning assists, and devices for Mistake Proofing
  • Mistake prevention, standardized operating procedures, and checklists
  • Mistake Proofing document design

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Achieving Flow: Healthcare

Length: 1.5 hoursDo patients want to wait hours in an emergency room, or months for a scheduled medical procedure? No, of course not, ideally, they want to go from one process to the next process – never having to wait. They want, and need, service to flow. When clients have to wait, then the flow of the value stream has stopped.

This course describes key concepts of ‘flow’ and ‘pull’, including: the relationship of flow to client value, analyzing flow within the value stream, removing barriers to flow, improving layout to support flow, how to create a ‘pull’ environment, and methods for balancing work and facilitating flow.

Training Course Content

  • Flow and the principles of Lean
  • Benefits of improving flow for internal and external clients
  • Takt time as the measure of client demand, variable demand
  • Flow, pull, push, and challenges that impede flow
  • Analyzing flow within the value stream
  • Process and how batch size affects flow
  • Signs of poor flow, value stream map, kaizen events
  • 5-S and flow, impact of motion & transport, turnover, errors, extra processing
  • Steps to improve layout for flow
  • Inventory reduction, workspace design
  • Balancing work and facilitating flow
  • Appropriate use of pull systems, Kanban, Supermarket
  • Heijunka and dealing with fluctuating demand

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