Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Book

This Lean Six Sigma in healthcare book provides a story about the benefits of implementing lean Six Sigma in the healthcare industry.  In an earlier book Wisdom on the Green, Jorge implemented a lean Six Sigma process improvement program at the hospital where he worked.  Jorge “discovered”, in this earlier book, lean Six Sigma process improvement techniques between his discussions with friends, when playing golf.

In this Lean Six Sigma in Sickness and Health book, Jorge’s wife was badly injured in an accident and rushed to a nearby hospital.  Jorge now was personally experiencing the potential human costs from inefficient, error-prone processes at another hospital.  What should he do?  His wife’s life could be impacted by his decision.

lean six sigma in healthcare book

Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Book

The book Lean Six Sigma in Sickness and in Health seeks to explain, using a healthcare illustration, Beyond Lean Six Sigma techniques in a thorough but entertaining and easy-to-understand way. The easy-to-digest format is perfect for executive managers scanning for the right management initiative, whether they are looking for application of Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare or elsewhere. This format is also useful in allaying the nervousness (and the accompanying loss of productivity) that middle and lower-level managers often experience when a new management initiative is introduced.

Armed with the information described in the book, they’ll find that the implementation experience can be one of confidence, optimism, and new energy for everyone involved. This book and the overall methodology are not just for those in manufacturing. The described Beyond Lean Six Sigma methods work for all businesses. For example, in this story, Beyond Lean Six Sigma methods are applied to the health care industry, where millions of dollars are saved by applying Lean Six Sigma principles to the industry.

Book chapters

  1. The Accident
  2. What Bad Processes Mean to Good People
  3. Season of Discontent
  4. Buy In
  5. Roll Out
  6. Training
  7. Define
  8. Measure
  9. Analyze
  10. Improve
  11. Control
  12. Conclusion

Lean Six Sigma in Sickness and in Health: An Integrated Enterprise Excellence Novel, Forrest Breyfogle and Arvind Salvekar, Smarter Solutions, Austin, TX, 2004.

Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Book: How to Organizational Deploy Lean Six Sigma in all Industries

This Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Book describes the need and benefits of process improvement in the healthcare industry.   However, implementing a traditional lean Six Sigma program has challenges.  Often improvement efforts in a traditional lean Six Sigma deployment are in silos where the big-picture is not benefited.  Because of this, leadership can either downsize or eliminate the program.

An alternative to a traditional implementation of lean Six Sigma deployment is an Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) implementation, which consists of nine steps. With the IEE road map, step six identifies high potential areas for improvement and step seven is the execution of lean Six Sigma projects that benefit organizational metrics which have business-as-a-whole value.

lean six sigma in healthcare book

Details about the implementation of IEE is described in an IEE five-book set.

lean six sigma in healthcare book

For additional information about Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) see: Business Management Implementation: IEE Articles, Videos, Books

Contact Us to set up a time to discuss with Forrest Breyfogle how your organization might gain much from an Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) Business Process Management System and the concepts described in this Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Book.