Jan 26 2014
See on Scoop.it – lean manufacturing
“Close to 900 health workers will make the pilgrimage to Seattle in search of factory efficiency for hospitals. Take a look inside at the origins of the world’s biggest health quality experiment. […] With Virginia Mason as their model, the treks are part of a sweeping overhaul of how the provincial health system is managed. […]More than a decade into a journey that’s never really finished, Virginia Mason now makes it its business to teach health care leaders from all over the world about the Virginia Mason Production System.”
This Canadian newspaper article is the most detailed account I have seen of the “Virginia Mason Production System.” Virginia Mason Medical Center is a Seattle hospital that has been converting to Lean since 2001and now has a business unit teaching others what it has done.
100 years ago, industrial engineer Frank Gilbreth developed the operating room procedures that are standard today, so it’s not the first time hospitals learn from manufacturing.
What this article gives is examples of the changes that were made at Virginia Mason, in particular the application of 3P (“Production Preparation Process”), involving patients in the design of new care units, and simulating with full scale mockups.
Other specifics include building design features to support maintenance and upgrades without disrupting care, the use of the two-bin system to manage medication supplies, and visual management.
And the article also touts the results that Virginia Mason achieved through this effort, in terms of both improved care and economic performance.
The StartPhoenix is a Saskatchewan newspaper, and the article also tells readers about the cost to taxpayers of the effort to emulate Virginia Mason in the entire health system of the province.
Most striking is the $39M contract over four years given to the Seattle consulting firm that helped Virginia Mason. As this translates to tens of people working full time on the project, it looks more like engineering than consulting.
See on www.thestarphoenix.com