To become a successful and efficient lean health care organization that provides exceptional value for customers, it’s important to strive for kaizen, or continuous improvement. Through improvement events and workshops that focus on transforming the processes within your organization, you’ll be better positioned to deliver quality care to patients.
At the outset of an improvement journey, it’s essential to understand the flow of activities that delivers services to a customer throughout your care continuum—whether it’s a patient, colleague, team, or even a product or another service within your organization.
That flow is called a value stream. To engineer improvements, you must map the current state of your activities from the customer’s perspective, including all steps involved as well as the time at and between each step.
During workshops, our professionals facilitate a disciplined process to help you map value streams by:
After mapping value streams and setting improvement targets, improvement work is then tested through kaizen workshops. Kaizen workshops, typically five-day events, convene cross-functional teams to realize rapid improvements using standardized approaches and tools to understand and solve the right problem, at the right time, with the right people.
During kaizen workshops, you’ll:
The majority of the week is spent in gemba, the place where actual work occurs, allowing your team to test its hypothesis and refine improvements and document standard work.
Improvement results are monitored daily and reported at 30, 60, and 90 days to verify adherence to and effectiveness of the new standards.
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