CAMLS Short Course Series

Lean Healthcare

Course Description

Lean Thinking is not just for manufacturing. A great deal of waste is hidden in the healthcare industry. These wastes impact both the cost and the quality of healthcare and can lead to mistakes that can threaten patient well-being. Applying lean initiatives to healthcare can thus make a tremendous improvement. Learn from the successful cases of various healthcare departments and organizations (e.g., hospitals, emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, laboratories, etc.) and establish a safer, more-efficient healthcare environment.


Who should attend the course?

Hospital executives, hospital managers, directors, doctors, nurses, and all administrative and supporting staff.


Outline (subject to change)

Session 1 - Introduction

  • Introduction

Session 2 - Overview of Healthcare

  • What is Healthcare and Healthcare System?

  • International Healthcare Systems

  • Healthcare in Taiwan

  • Healthcare in the World

  • Wastes in Healthcare

Session 3 - Lean Manufacturing Concepts

  • Overview

  • Origins of Lean Thinking

  • Lean Building Blocks

Session 4 - Lean Healthcare

  • Why Use Lean Concepts?

  • What is Lean Healthcare?

  • Lean Manufacturing versus Lean Healthcare

  • Goal

Session 5 - Tools and Techniques for Lean Healthcare I

  • Lean Tools

Session 6 - Tools and Techniques for Lean Healthcare II

  • Lean Tools

Session 7 - Successful Cases

  • Case Studies

Session 8 - Conclusion


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