LeanBlog Podcast #46 — Dean Bliss, Lean Healthcare

Episode #46 is a chat with a good friend of the Lean Blog, Dean Bliss, a Lean Improvement Specialist with the Iowa Health System. Like myself, Dean made a transition in from manufacturing into health care a few years back, he’ll share some of his experiences and recommendations for how to use Lean in a hospital and how to make that transition. He will also share some stories about how his hospital prioritized what problems to solve with the Lean methodology.

For earlier episodes, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes.

Episode #46 Key Words and Links:

  • Lean in hospitals, making a transition from manufacturing into hospitals, how to get started with Lean in a hospital, what are the differences between working with people in these different settings?
  • Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
  • World Research Group event, June 25-26
    • The 2nd Annual Summit on Deploying the Toyota Production System & Lean Healthcare in Hospitals

If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at [email protected] or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the “Lean Line” at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id “mgraban”. Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.


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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 eBook 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.

2 Comments on "LeanBlog Podcast #46 — Dean Bliss, Lean Healthcare"

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  1. Bob Yokl says:

    Mark, this was a great interview and a perfect insight in how to begin the Lean journey at any hospital or health system in the country. Dean kept the model simple yet moved the evolution through not only helping his health system but many of the hospitals in his state/region.

    Well done Mark and Dean!

    Bob Yokl

  2. David Carlton says:

    Clarke Ching recently recorded an interesting podcast about using the Theory of Constraints to improve healthcare in the UK; apparently
    there’s even a school offering a class in that now. It sounds like they’re doing an impressive job at improving flow.

    Located here

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