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    cheezer
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    Has anyone seen a TRIZ program modified/built specifically for healthcare? Web search’s provide healthcare examples but I’m wondering if anyone has “translated” the inventive principles to include examples related to healthcare instead of manufacturing. I’ve found this done for banking and electrical engineering but not healthcare.

    I understand how to make the jump from manufacturing principles to healthcare principles but am looking for something for our clinicians so they can see this is directly relevant. Showing them examples primarily focused on products tends to put them off and into the “we’re different” mode, which takes a lot of time to overcome.

    Just wondering,

    Thanks,
    Cheezer

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    #190181

    Ellen Domb
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    Short answer: see 40 principles in public health You might also look at several of the TRIZ for management and TRIZ for quality lists, since many healthcare problems are in those areas.

    Longer answer: the 40 principles are only one tool of TRIZ, so don’t let them be the reason that a group”gets it” or doesn’t. In hospital-based healthcare, use of resources (for a different purpose other than why the resource was originally developed), the ideal final result (how can we accomplish the function without costs or side-effects) and the removal of physical contradictions (I want to be in the hospital, I don’t want to be in the hospital; I want to do surgery slowly — to be careful, I want to do surgery fast — to minimize the time the patient is anaesthetized) have been very stimulating for breakthrough solutions to long-standing problems. Functional analysis has a heavy overlap with Six Sigma for understanding the problem environment and the cause-effect relationships, so you might not even consider it a TRIZ tool.

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    #190346

    tarker
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    The TRIZ workshop for health teach your employees how to apply the principles and algorithms of TRIZ to the problems that your organization physician. We occasionally mention the use of TRIZ concepts in business and management, and is part of the workshops we do, but we did not talk much about politics and government.

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    #191352

    Rao
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    Hi

    Guys TRIZ in healthcare is so much easier to be explained.

    I have about 20 years of experience in Healthcare and the new inventions that are coming every day is just a simple application of TRIZ principles for example

    1) We have capsule endoscopy – Whoever thought that a conventional endoscopy would be replaced by something like a miniature camera encapsulated in a pill traversing the whole gastric system of the body and imaging the route. Where as the endoscope itself was a spinoff from NASA to view the different cables in an aircraft without having to dismantle the whole aircraft

    2) We have the CyberKnife — Who would have imagined that using the powerful x-rays which were only used to view hard and soft tissue material in the body could be used for cutting and reaching for tumors which are located deep inside the body where a scalpel or a blade would be traumatic to be used.

    Like this everything or every new invention in the feild of Healthcare is application of one or the other TRIZ principles.

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    #191353

    MBBinWI
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    cheezer wrote:

    Has anyone seen a TRIZ program modified/built specifically for healthcare? Web search’s provide healthcare examples but I’m wondering if anyone has “translated” the inventive principles to include examples related to healthcare instead of manufacturing. I’ve found this done for banking and electrical engineering but not healthcare.

    I understand how to make the jump from manufacturing principles to healthcare principles but am looking for something for our clinicians so they can see this is directly relevant. Showing them examples primarily focused on products tends to put them off and into the “we’re different” mode, which takes a lot of time to overcome.

    Just wondering,

    Thanks,
    Cheezer

    I know its been awhile – did you get the answer to your question? Seems that you are more interested in practicing clinician use rather than development of tools/mechanisms for healthcare.

    I’d be interested in learning what the corrollary for “segmentation” is for a clinical environment (for example). For developing machines and such, it really isn’t any different from any other type of mechanism.

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