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1st Edition

Lean Design in Healthcare
A Journey to Improve Quality and Process of Care

ISBN 9781032178592
Published September 30, 2021 by Productivity Press
164 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book gives the reader an inside look at creating a new healthcare service using practical examples and scenarios one would face if doing it themselves. This book chronicles the journey of a fictitious healthcare delivery organization using the Simpler Design System principles based on Lean methodologies. While the characters and actual story is fictitious, it is based on the journey many healthcare systems and clients have taken, the issues they have faced, and the successes and failures they’ve had.

Tools and approaches used are based on the actual work of Simpler. The story format engages readers and is intended to motivate and inspire executive teams to use the tenets of the book as a guide to launch their own successful implementation of an idea-to-launch methodology. Tools include those gleaned from actual application of Lean Product Development, Agile, Design for Six Sigma, and Design Thinking Principles.

Through engaging storytelling and practical theory, this book is written from the perspective of a physician leader that agrees to be the executive sponsor for a service redesign. As the story progresses, the sponsor becomes fascinated with the process and becomes the first VP of Innovation within his organization.

Table of Contents

Introduction. My Executive Strategic Initiative. Scanning the Environment. Talking to Patients and Stakeholders. Summarizing Project Features. Designing Each Element. Testing Our Solutions. Codifying the Final Process. Launching to the Public. Reflecting on the Project.

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Adam Ward is the Innovation leader for Simpler, an IBM Company. He started his career as a mechanical engineer designing cars for Honda R&D, Americas. GE Healthcare hired him away to apply his product development experience to their $8B Diagnostic Imaging division. After several years and award-winning projects as an internal consultant, he joined Simpler, the world’s largest Lean transformation company to lead the Simpler Design Practice. In the ten years Adam has been consulting, he has been exposed to multiple industries but has become passionate about healthcare transformation. His deep subject matter expertise in new product and service development, comfort level with senior executives, understanding of organizational transformation issues and knowledge of the industry uniquely positions him as an authority on innovation in healthcare.