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LeanBlog Podcast #4 — Dr. Jeff Liker, Part 2, Lean Healthcare

Jeff-LikerHere is LeanBlog Podcast #4, again featuring Dr. Jeffrey Liker, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Liker is very well known in the lean world and is a leader in studying Toyota’s own practices and management approaches. More information about Dr. Liker and his books can be found in the show notes, below. The first part of his podcast can be found here.

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LeanBlog Podcast #4 Show Notes and Approximate Timeline

  • 1:28 Dr. Liker’s comments on lean healthcare at the University of Michigan and their 5-day certificate program
  • 2:03 Dr. Liker visited Toyota’s own hospital last year and they are just starting to implement lean and the “Toyota Way” at “Toyota Memorial Hospital
  • 2:53 “Hospitals are often a complete mess, lack of organization.”
  • 3:50 “A lot of a hospital is just a huge material flow system… and it’s done really badly.”
  • 5:08 Can also look at patient “value streams”
  • 5:15 Can eliminate 80-90% of the waste (waiting) from a patient perspective
  • 5:48 How the American Heart Association used the Toyota Product Development System
  • 6:28 Why doctors are afraid that “standardized work” might stifle their actual work, “it’s really about becoming a learning organization”
  • 7:48 How healthcare professionals can be open to principles (lean principles) rather than being told what to do
  • 9:33 Why Toyota has “mechanized the routine tasks” — to free people up for problem solving
  • 10:48 Workarounds and problem solving in healthcare
  • 13:03 How simple, visual tools helped
  • 13:28 What kind of consulting or advising does Dr. Liker do for those who might want to contact him? Keynote speeches, conferences, leadership workshops and vision setting. His firm, Optiprise, does more detailed consulting work.
  • 15:29 The Toyota Product Development System (with Jim Morgan) is a new book that came out a few months back. Currently working on a new book with David Meier (co-author of the Toyota Way Fieldbook), called Toyota Talent, about how Toyota develops their people. It is part of what will be a series of books. The book will come out next year.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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  1. Bob says:

    Nice Job, Tx. Bob Chalice

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