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Kaizen in Healthcare: How to Improve the Patient Experience

In the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, patient experience is paramount to providing quality care. Kaizen, the Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement, has found its way into the healthcare industry, empowering medical professionals to enhance patient satisfaction and outcomes. In this enlightening article, we delve into the application of Kaizen in healthcare, exploring practical approaches to optimizing

Continuous Improvement Tools

To achieve success with Kaizen – the Japanese philosophy of change for the better – it’s beneficial to adopt some of the tools in the continuous improvement toolbox. Kaizen Newspaper A kaizen newspaper is a document that lists current ideas, problems, solutions, and responsible parties. The newspaper is usually in spreadsheet or chart format and

Going Lean: Push vs Pull Production

Pull system in a facility

Lean manufacturing aims to eliminate wastes and improve productivity, primarily by operating on a pull system known as just-in-time (JIT) production. The JIT method is opposite to push systems on the spectrum of supply chain management and can often be the barrier for a company going Lean. In a push system, production is scheduled to

5 Tips for Kaizen Continuous Improvement

Kaizen

Implement Kaizen Continuous Improvement in 5 Steps or Less Kaizen, the Japanese term underlying the concept of “continuous improvement,” continues to dominate work flow theory and the training that improvement professionals receive when they look for ways to bring their charges ‘to the next level’. Of course, the traditional tools and teachings of Kaizen are

A Kaizen Story

Kaizen Event

When a large manufacturing plant in Iowa decided to implement Kaizen into their facilities they had plenty of questions and hurdles to overcome. The organization, which produces agricultural and construction-related equipment saw the continuous improvement process known as Kaizen as a means to improve business. The process for them didn’t come easy and creating a

The Kaizen Blitz

To Blitz, Or Not To Blitz First, let’s establish an agreement regarding some of the terminology we will be using in the following article. To begin with, for all intents and purposes, we need to agree that Kaizen and continuous improvement are essentially the same thing, and while the name originates from the Japanese language