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Lean Six Sigma tools improve more than turn-around-time for ED blood draws

This case study from the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference presents the analysis of the ED-LAB blood draw system for a large tertiary teaching hospital.
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From bad to great: How one radiology department made the transition

A recent article in Radiology Business Journal  highlights changes made at Advocate Condell Medical Center that dramatically improved customer service. SHS member and conference presenter Airica Steed, Ed.D., R.N., led the improvements.

Patient and resource scheduling of multi-step medical procedures in nuclear medicine

Managing patients in nuclear medicine departments is a very challenging problem with limited research reported in the literature. The complexity involved in this healthcare setting makes this problem unique. In this paper, the authors derive and implement algorithms for scheduling nuclear medicine patients and resources.

Improving efficiency with EMRs

SHS member and Diplomate Amanda Mewborn makes the case in the online publication, Advance, that the benefits of electronic medical records (EMR) can't be fully achieved unless a systems approach to removing waste and non-nursing tasks is taken. Rather than driving efficiency, EMR's are the glue that can hold well-designed process together to achieve total hospital efficiency.

Purdue industrial engineering researchers investigate using surgeon hand gestures to improve surgery 

Vision based recognition of hand gestures is being researched at Purdue University to control a robotic scrub nurse and access images during surgical cases. The research could lead to short case lengths and reduced infections according to the Purdue University News website.

Enhancing Hospital Health Information Management using Industrial Engineering Tools

Lean tools and simulation are used to recommend improvements to HIM operational processes.

In by 9 Out by 6 - Level Loading

A CT scan department has its demand smoothed.

SHS Helping a Hospital Shine

Lean tools are used to redesign processes throughout a hospital.

SHS In by 9 out by 6 - Load Leveling

Detailed description of a lean project to improve TAT in the CT Scan department.

SHS In the Quest for Performance Excellence: Deployment of Lean Manufacturing Principles in Healthcare Delivery Processes

Three successful lean projects are discussed in detail.  The ED, Radiology, and HR departments all show significant improvement.

SHS Establishing Nursing Staffing Requirements in an Imaging Environment

A study is done to improve the communication between and expense of the nursing staff associated with all imaging modalities.

SHS The Journey Toward a Lean ED

A 100,000 annual visit hospital ED is redesigned using lean principles. Wait times decrease and pt satisfaction and revenue increases.  Simulation shows further viability of new processes.  This presentation is made by a MD who became a lean coach.

SHS Key Performance Indicators: Relevant Metrics that Sell Results and Drive Ongoing Improvement

A discussion of the importance of metric and measurement accuracy during execution of improvement projects.

SHS Lean in the Laboratory and Radiology: A Patient Throughput Imperative

Lean improvements within the radiology suite and laboratory workspace yield notable improvements. Project benefits are discussed.

SHS Healthcare Case Study - Student Competition

The attached presentation is a sample problem intended to be worked by students in project teams. The solution is not provided.