Lean for Rural Healthcare
Lean Healthcare for Rural Health
For many of the grant initiatives shepherded by Purdue Healthcare Advisors, we serve practices, hospitals and clinics located in rural and sometimes extremely remote areas of Indiana and Oregon. Serving the needs of small and under-resourced providers (SURP) who are underserved by other consultants is part of our mission as a non-profit, outreach program of Purdue University.
Taking lean training for healthcare online
Because we've worked with hundreds of rural providers, we know how difficult it is for you to find the time and resources to embed lean in your organization. So we invested in the creation of PHA Direct, an e-learning platform that allows us to provide convenient, online lean training and certification to clinicians, administrators, practice managers, front/back office workers, and others.
Utilizing SHIP improvement funds to train
We've had success over the years working with hospitals in Indiana and Oregon through funding from the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) for our Lean Healthcare Transformation Initiative, now in its fourth year. We've also worked on several lean initiatives with rural practices, clinics and hospitals enrolled in the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network, a CMS-funded program that we manage for Indiana. Our successes led to the launch of PHA Direct and our first online course ― Lean Daily Improvement Facilitator Training and Certification.
Equipping rural providers with basic lean tools through Lean Daily Improvement
Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) equips healthcare professionals with robust lean techniques to make approved, systematic changes while work is being done. Unlike Rapid Improvement Events, Value Stream Analysis or Lean Six Sigma, LDI is a method that provides the least amount of disruption to the workday because it occurs at the point of service.
Trained LDI Facilitators know 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. Online learning, access to a community of practice with a repository of real-world success stories, and remote coaching by lean experts make LDI a smart choice for resource-constrained organizations that want to boost quality metrics.