Lean solutions for hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers

We are experts at combining assessment, coaching, training and delivery to meet your immediate operational needs and long-term goals

Process Improvement

 

An engagement with Purdue Healthcare Advisors always starts off with a strategy discussion to determine how we can best create value by fostering lean skills within your organization. We'll follow this with a deployment plan (usually a combination of training, Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs), and project management) to build lean capability in your organization and conclude with a solid plan to ensure that improvements are sustained and continue to be refined. See our Three Building Blocks of Lean.

Organizations that link strategy, deployment and continuous improvement have the most success with lean.

Purdue Healthcare Advisors provides a combination of assessment, coaching, training and delivery that will meet your immediate operational needs and long-term goals. We have more than 10 years of experience using lean to improve patient flow; reduce hospital acquired conditions; enhance patient satisfaction; and make other improvements that drive quality and revenue up and cost down. 

We work with individual clinics and hospitals, entire health systems, and even participate in regional and national programs such as Partnership for Patients. We work in the areas of primary care, specialty medicine, behavioral health, long term care, and healthcare-related organizations. See some of our case studies.

LEAN TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

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Lean First educates participants with a combination of classroom core training, remote coaching, project work, and participation in an online Community of Practice for Operational Excellence in Healthcare

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Lean Practitioner

Plans, delivers and facilitates-to-closure Kaizen and Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs).

Requires participants to facilitate 1- to 5-day improvement events and ensure that Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) becomes a habit at the point of service. A bridge course is an option for those who have earned a Lean Yellow or Green Belt.

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Lean Leader

Offers advanced lean skills and experience to plan and facilitate organization-wide adoption of lean thinking, management systems and culture.

Planned for launch in 2018. Prerequisite: Advanced Lean Practitioner Certification 

 

 

Advanced Lean Practitioner

Facilitates Value Stream Management (VSM) and complex RIEs to ensure that successful solutions spread across the organization. 

Requires participants to take on broader responsibilities to ensure that successful solutions spread across the organization. Prerequisite: Lean Practitioner Certification

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Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) Facilitator

Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) is a continuous improvement process run at the point of service.

Participants learn how to choose a key performance metric; collect and display data visually; run team huddles to get to root causes; assign corrective actions; and keep the process moving.

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GRANT ASSISTANCE FOR PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

Lean Healthcare Transformation Initiative

Funded by the Indiana State Office of Rural Health (INSORH) through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flex Grant Program, Purdue Healthcare Advisors lean experts are working with 15 Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospitals in Indiana on a three-year, no-cost Lean Healthcare Transformation initiative. The quality-improvement training, coaching and project facilitation under this 2015-2018 grant is focused on leadership development in a lean organization; utilizing value streams for a systematic approach to improvement; and improving care delivery while systematically reducing cost. See Indiana hospital increases revenue by applying lean principles.

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GLPTN+LEAN

Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN), Purdue Healthcare Advisors lean experts are working with six Indiana-based GLPTN members to build capacity for ongoing practice improvement. The grant-subsidized package of lean services, worth more than $12K, consists of identifying improvement opportunities; conducting Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs); and training employers to become LDI Facilitators and Lean Practitioners.

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GLPTN+LDI

Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN), Purdue Healthcare Advisors lean experts are working with a dozen Indiana-based GLPTN members on a lean methodology-based initiative aimed at improving metrics for Q4 without major workflow disruption. See GLPTN works with clients to improve MIPS scores. and Small Mishawaka practice uses Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) to improve MIPS metric.

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PILOT PROGRAMS

Please Contact Mark Clare if your organization is interested in providing input on, or participating in, our upcoming Six Sigma Data Science and/or Lean Leader pilot programs.

 

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CONTACT

Mark Clare
Mark Clare
MA, MS, LSC, LSSMBB
Principal Advisor-Strategic Initiatives
765-496-6945
mclare@purdue.edu

The kinds of results that some of these Critical Access Hospital (CAH) teams were able to produce [with PHA guidance] tell us that Lean healthcare methodologies can be applied successfully throughout the healthcare industry.

— Don Kelso, Executive Director, Indiana Rural Health Association


My experience with Lean Healthcare training through PHA has helped me to be the "voice of reason" during times of high stress as a hospital administrator. We use Lean techniques in a variety of ways. They have been increasingly useful in our quest to obtain full Meaningful Use of our IT system. We have also utilized Lean in the implementation of our new daVinci Robotic system to efficiently turn over the rooms. The Lean process breaks down a complicated job and shows us where we need to focus to get the most value not only for the facility, but also for our patients.

— Theresa Herman, M.D., CMO, CQO, Dupont Hospital


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