"Putting the Continuous Back in Continuous Improvement"
In this webinar, Mark Graban, author of the Shingo Award-winning " Lean Hospitals " and the upcoming book "Healthcare Kaizen," talks about kaizen and daily continuous improvement in healthcare. Across many industries, many organizations have come to equate the word kaizen with "kaizen events," or focused weeklong improvement projects. Leading lean healthcare organizations, such as ThedaCare and Virginia Mason Medical Center , have learned that they need both projects and small improvements.
Kaizen, as a mode of continuous improvement, is characterized by a large number of small, low-cost, low-risk improvements that are driven by front-line staff, who work in collaboration with their co-workers and leaders. Kaizen follows the scientific method and the PDCA (or PDSA) cycle of iterative improvement, where a hypothesis for improvement is tested against actual results.
The webinar will show examples of kaizen improvements from numerous healthcare organizations, as well as the practical mechanics for facilitating and managing kaizen. Graban will also discuss the important role of leaders at all levels.