1st Edition

Just-in-Time for Healthcare

By Thomas L. Jackson Copyright 2017
    111 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    111 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

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    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.

    Getting Started
    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
    In Conclusion
    An Introduction to Just-in-Time
    Chapter Overview
    What Is Just-in-Time?
    Why JIT Is Important for Healthcare
    Recognizing Waste
    The Benefits of Just-in-Time for Healthcare Organizations
    The Benefits of JIT for You
    Understanding Processes and Operations
    In Conclusion
    Basic Concepts of Just-in-Time
    Chapter Overview
    Leveled Production and Sequencing
    Takt Time
    Production Sequence
    Kanban Systems
    Basic Rules of Kanban
    In Conclusion
    Process Improvement and Standardization
    Chapter Overview
    Wastes Resulting from Operation-Based Layouts
    Benefits of a Process Row Layout
    Multi-Machine Operation
    U-Shaped Cells
    Standard Work
    The Foundation for Continuous Improvement
    In Conclusion
    Support Techniques for Just-in-Time
    Chapter Overview
    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
    Autonomous Maintenance
    In Conclusion
    Reflections and Conclusions
    Chapter Overview
    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.