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Just-in-Time for Healthcare

1st Edition

By Thomas L. Jackson

Productivity Press

99 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Lean Tools for Healthcare Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Service Industries
MEDICAL / Administration