The change from traditional ways of producing and managing healthcare services to a just-in-time approach requires a new understanding about what adds value for the patient or customer, and what does not. Just-in-Time for Healthcare is intended to share powerful knowledge that will help you participate effectively in the change to just-in-time.
Part of the Lean Tools for Healthcare series, this user-friendly book is designed to improve understanding of the just-in-time (JIT) system that is fundamental to providing lean healthcare services and eliminating waste from healthcare processes. The book covers why JIT is important for healthcare by explaining how it enables a healthcare organization to efficiently and reliably produce the quality services its patients require—when they need them, where they need them, and in the amount they need.
This book also -
- Addresses the basic concepts of just-in-time in healthcare, including flow, pull, and kanban systems
- Describes the principles and benefits of process flow layouts versus operations-based layouts
- Reviews the importance of standard work as the foundation for continuous improvement
- Outlines support techniques for just-in-time such as 5S, visual management techniques, quick setup, mistake proofing, and the essential concepts of lean management
- Includes real-world healthcare examples.
Presented in practical terms, this fundamental book shows how lean principles and tools connect in a just-in-time system. It is ideally suited for both individual and group learning.
Table of Contents
The Purpose of This Book
Two Ways to Use This Book
How to Get the Most Out of Your Reading
An Overview of the Contents
An Introduction to Just-in-Time
What Is Just-in-Time?
Why JIT Is Important for Healthcare
The Benefits of Just-in-Time for Healthcare Organizations
The Benefits of JIT for You
Understanding Processes and Operations
Basic Concepts of Just-in-Time
Leveled Production and Sequencing
Basic Rules of Kanban
Process Improvement and Standardization
Wastes Resulting from Operation-Based Layouts
Benefits of a Process Row Layout
The Foundation for Continuous Improvement
Support Techniques for Just-in-Time
The 5S System for Workplace Organization and Standardization
Visual Management Techniques
Quick Changeover Methods for Flexible Lot Sizes
Zero Defects Through Zero Quality Control
Total Productive Maintenance for Dependable Equipment
Reflections and Conclusions
Reflecting on What You've Learned
Opportunities for Further Learning
Additional Resources Related to JIT and Shopfloor Improvement
Tom Jackson 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.