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FOCUS PDCA – A Lean Tool For The Healthcare Industry

With a core objective of maximizing customer value while minimizing waste, Lean management principles are widely used in most industries, and healthcare is no exception. FOCUS PDCA is a Lean tool developed by the Hospital Corporation of America to specifically address the complex challenges the healthcare industry faces from increasing quality demands and continued pricing pressures.  The… read more →




The Impact of the 5S System on the Healthcare Workplace

The 5S organization system is a fundamental part of Lean consulting. A tool designed to improve efficiency, it uses a systematic approach to organization and cleanliness in the visual workplace.  Like Lean, 5S was created in Japan and because the original “S” terms were in Japanese, the English translations for each of the five steps… read more →




Cycle Stock and Its Role in Inventory Management

In today’s marketplace, deciding how much inventory to carry is by no means a simple task. With the growth of eCommerce and a competitive international trading scene, inventory managers are finding it harder to make accurate projections to stock their inventories. In such a scenario, we are seeing more project managers depending on safety stock… read more →




The Multiple Pieces of Operating Room Turnaround Time and the Hidden Elements of Waste Between Them

By Allison Newman Most hospitals define turnaround time as previous patient ‘wheels out’ to the next patient ‘wheels in’ – where ‘wheels out’ and ‘wheels in’ are the exact times that a patient bed rolls out of or into an operating room (OR). This is a key metric in determining OR efficiency, as long turnarounds… read more →




The Continuing Rise in Rehabilitation Outpatient Care

Hospitals across the country are reporting a constant rise in the number of patients seeking outpatient rehabilitation care.  This trend is driven by several factors, with one of the most notable being the fact that insurance providers are attempting to manage costs by steering patients away from higher cost, inpatient settings.  As copays are also… read more →




Can 3D Printers Drive Medical Development?

With the advent of the 3D printer, we have seen a little bit of science fiction enter into our homes.  But there has been few areas that have benefited quite like prototyping, particularly in the medical field with a two-fold benefit. Medical device research and development is without a doubt the highest capital expense when… read more →




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