Annotations for Healthcare Kaizen : Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements


Baker & Taylor
"This book focuses on daily continuous improvement, or kaizen, for healthcare professionals and organizations. It shares some mechanics for facilitating kaizen, but more importantly covers the management mindsets and philosophies required to make kaizen work effectively in a department or as an organization-wide program. All of the examples are real healthcare examples shared by Franciscan Alliance Health System and other leading organizations, with many color pictures and illustrations of kaizens. This book will be helpful to healthcare organizations that have embraced weeklong improvement events, but now want to move beyond just doing events into a more complete lean management system"--Provided by publisher.

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Book News
For staff members, managers, and executives in healthcare organizations, Graban, an author, consultant, and speaker in the field of Lean healthcare, and Swartz, who is associated with a healthcare organization and leads continuous improvement efforts, outline the principles and methods of daily continuous improvement for healthcare professionals and organizations. They explain core concepts, the history of kaizen in other industries and healthcare, and different types of improvements, including frameworks used by hospitals around the world; the cultural aspects of an organization that has embraced continuous improvement; specific methods for finding, initiating, completing, documenting, and sharing kaizen improvements; and lessons learned about the role of leadership and creating broader kaizen programs, such as applications in an entire healthcare enterprise and everyday life. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Taylor & Francis Publishing

Healthcare Kaizen focuses on the principles and methods of daily continuous improvement, or Kaizen, for healthcare professionals and organizations. Kaizen is a Japanese word that means "change for the better," as popularized by Masaaki Imai in his 1986 book Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success and through the books of Norman Bodek, both of whom contributed introductory material for this book.

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In 1989, Dr. Donald M. Berwick, founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, endorsed the principles of Kaizen in the New England Journal of Medicine, describing it as "the continuous search for opportunities for all processes to get better." This book shows how to make this goal a reality.

Healthcare Kaizen shares some of the methods used by numerous hospitals around the world, including Franciscan St. Francis Health, where co-author Joe Swartz has led these efforts. Most importantly, the book covers the management mindsets and philosophies required to make Kaizen work effectively in a hospital department or as an organization-wide program.

All of the examples in the book were shared by leading healthcare organizations, with over 200 full-color pictures and visual illustrations of Kaizen-based improvements that were initiated by nurses, physicians, housekeepers, senior executives and other staff members at all levels.

Healthcare Kaizen will be helpful for organizations that have embraced weeklong improvement events, but now want to follow the lead of ThedaCare, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and others who have moved beyond just doing events into a more complete management system based on Lean or the Toyota Production System.

It's often said, without much reflection, that people hate change. The experiences shared in this book prove that people actually love change when they are fully engaged in the process, get to make improvements that improve patient care and make their day less frustrating, and when they don't fear being laid off as a result of their improvements.

Mark Graban explains why his new book Healthcare Kaizen is a great resource for healthcare organizations looking to make improvements on the frontlines.(www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4JdaH03Dbo&feature=youtu.be)

Check out a recent entry about this book on the Virginia Mason Medical Center Blog, Could this new book help drive your Lean journey? (http://virginiamasonblog.org/2012/09/05/could-this-new-book-help-drive-your-lean-journey/)

Check out what the experts at the Franciscan St. Francis Health System have to say about Healthcare Kaizen. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcGmP5gLEPo&feature=c4-overview&list=UU7jiTxn4nkMzOE5eTbf0Upw

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