Why Purdue is Putting Lean First

From the November issue of the Indiana Hospital Association's member publication, PHA Principal Advisor Mark Clare talks how Purdue is re-imagining lean process improvement for healthcare. He says six sigma isn't always the best fit for healthcare because healthcare processes are just too immature, and they have high levels of natural and artificial variation that make them too unstable for many of the techniques of statistical process control. But hospitals are responding well to lean in smaller bites, with less time off the floor.…

Why Lean Sigma Alone Won't Get Us Where We Need To Go

Imagine you are getting ready to start a project to reduce ADEs, avoid unnecessary ED visits or any number of process improvement efforts. What methodology should you use? A Kaizen or Lean rapid…