Kanban for Lean Healthcare

Overview

Kanban is a Lean method that builds upon the concepts of standardized work, 5S, and visual management to give hospitals a simple yet effective method for managing supplies and inventory. The goal of a kanban system is to support patients and employees by ensuring needed supplies are in the right place, at the right time. As part of the Lean Tools in Healthcare series, this reader-friendly book is designed to improve understanding of this tool. Presented in practical terms, this book includes margin assists that ...

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Overview

Kanban is a Lean method that builds upon the concepts of standardized work, 5S, and visual management to give hospitals a simple yet effective method for managing supplies and inventory. The goal of a kanban system is to support patients and employees by ensuring needed supplies are in the right place, at the right time. As part of the Lean Tools in Healthcare series, this reader-friendly book is designed to improve understanding of this tool. Presented in practical terms, this book includes margin assists that define key terms, supplies healthcare examples, and provides detailed how-to instructions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466551923
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 120

Meet the Author

Tom Jackson, JD, MBA, PhD is the former CEO of Productivity, Inc. and Productivity Press and member of the influential Ford Lean Advisory Group. Tom has been a student of Lean enterprise since 1988, when he copyedited Hiroyuki Hirano’s JIT Factory Revolution for Productivity Press and reworked two chapters of Yasuhiro Monden’s groundbreaking Japanese Management Accounting. Looking at pictures of Japanese factories and reading about how differently the Japanese count their money, Tom became so fanatical about Lean that he left his comfortable position as a professor of business at the University of Vermont to start his own Lean consulting company – in Malaysia! There he learned that the powerful techniques of Lean enterprise – JIT, SMED, TPM, kanban, etc. – ere only half the story of Toyota’s great success. The other half of the story was hoshin kanri (aka the "balanced scorecard") and a revolution in the structure of modern business organization. In 2005, Tom started applying Toyota’s operational and management methods in healthcare in a small rural clinic in Seward, Alaska. In 2008, Tom decided to trade his Levi Dockers for a pair of black scrubs and joined Mike Rona, former President of Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center, as a partner in the Rona Consulting Group, where he and Mike are "transforming healthcare and pursuing perfection." In 2007, Tom was awarded a Shingo Prize for his book, Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise.

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Table of Contents

Introducing Key Terms and Benefits of Kanban. The Basics of Kanban: Functions, Rules, and Types of Kanban. Phase One: Scheduling Kanban. Phase Two: Circulating Kanban. Phase Three: Improving with Kanban. Reflections and Conclusions.

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