Case Studies & Articles

Healthcare Engineering - The Road to Cost, Efficiency, and Quality? by Peter J. Fabri MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Industrial Engineering, University of South Florida. A concise presentation outlining the integration of engineering principles into healthcare delivery systems.

Medicine for What Ails Hospitals The Boston Globe: January 31, 2008.An article discussing the culture change occuring in healthcare organizations as they adapt Lean and Six Sigma techniques in their process improvement projects, using a radiology department Kaizen Event as an example.

Roadblocks into Results: Lean Benefits Surgery Center by Maryanne Kuchler and Michele Hoover.A case study of a Kaizen Event at the Summit Surgical Center in New Jersey, addressing issues in the sterile storeroom in the OR and improving the purchase order and accounts payable process.

Power of Lean in the Laboratory: A Clinical Application by Jennifer Blaha and MariJane White.A case study of a Kaizen to reduce throughput time in a Northwest hospital lab.