Integrating Lean into an existing process-improvement framework can result in more high-impact, quick-hit projects. As this experience from one business shows, it's possible to bring in Lean tools without creating ripples in the Six Sigma structure.
A Six Sigma cardiac medication project was successful in coordinating high-quality care, incorporating advanced technologies, and adopting best practice standards.
Strategically blending the best elements of Six Sigma, Lean and Work-out is proving to be an effective approach for increasing productivity and optimizing performance in healthcare. Account for the special nature of patient care delivery and the complex environment within any healthcare organization.
Causes of admitting delays are addressed to meet a hospital's goal to be where employees want to work, patients want to receive care and physicians want to practice.
To accommodate growth in surgical service without adding resources, a Six Sigma team at Deaconess Hospital takes aim at reducing the number of same day surgical cancellations.
For companies already committed to Six Sigma, the addition of Work-out to their ongoing deployment strategy can add 30 percent or more to their savings scorecard and greatly expand employee participation. For companies not ready to invest in Six Sigma, Work-out is a logical on-ramp for clearing the path of low-hanging fruit and for helping employees become confident about making change happen at controlled speed.
A Six Sigma project was assembled when surgeons at a Houston hospital expressed dissatisfaction with the length of time required to prepare the OR between cases.
Six Sigma at Valley Baptist Health System has begun to foster a culture that embraces the voice of the customer, breaks down barriers to change and raises performance expectations.
These are four examples where Six Sigma can impact in clinical areas such as infection control and medication delivery.
The most common Lean Six Sigma questions are asked and answered, including: How do you describe Lean Six Sigma from a 50,000-foot level, what results can be expected from implementing Lean Six Sigma, and how is Lean Six Sigma different from TQM or other process improvement methodologies?
Many problems in healthcare involve processes that require analysis and improvement, but do not require detailed statistical study. Work-out offers a one-day to two-day concentrated problem-solving effort.
If an organization could choose only one method for unlocking value quickly, or only one method for shaping it's culture toward continuous improvement, what tool should it use? The answer is Work-out.