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Lean Lab Presentation Video

Below is an archive recording I made of a web presentation I gave for “The Dark Report,” a leading analyst and information source for the hospital laboratory industry. They (and my employer) are allowing me to post my portion of the presentation (total, it was a 90-minute session with a client of mine). If you click play on the video below, you’ll see slides (hopefully, you can see them clearly enough) and hear my ramblings… (about 38 minutes).

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This video is pretty specifically geared toward Lab managers and staff, but I thought it might be of interest for those who wonder a bit about where “waste” is found in a hospital lab. If you’re a non-Lab person and you have questions, post them in the comments and I’ll follow up.



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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. Peter P Patterson MD says:

    This is a gr8 introductory video. Thanks for doing all it took to get agreement to post it. In our own Lean Lab/Hospital journey, we are just starting to organize for ab-initio and on-going training. One of our main issues is the practical difficulty of taking people off the line to train/develop them. This is driving us toward some creative new ways to think about on-the-job/just-in-time training using Web 2.0 tools including courseware (e.g. Moodle ) with links to resources like the Lean Blog. What has been your experience and that of others in the area of “developing our people”?
    /Dr. Pete

  2. Mark Graban says:

    Thanks, Dr. Pete. What role can the industry groups play in allowing labs to collaborate and share training with each other?

    I don’t know what all of the solutions are, but it’s good to start brainstorming. I’ve seen too many cases in labs where “training” is very unstructured and basicially entails the new person racing around to follow a “trainer” and they try to scribble down everything that’s said.

    Other parts of the hospital could benefit from more formalized training methodologies, as well.

    I’m researching and learning more about the “Training Within Industry” program and its approach to training in healthcare that was created during WWII (an offshoot of the manufacturing training methodology). It would be nice to revitalized that approach in labs, since it seems many people don’t know how to train or how to structure proper training. That seems cynical and negative, but I think it’s the current reality in most labs.

  3. wesley says:

    I like your lean lab presentation video. Would it be possible for you to provide me the Video code for this so that I can post it on our Website homepage?
    We have over 400 Hospital Laboratory professionals on our site and I would imagine a few may want to watch the video directly from our site (via a u-tube type viewing).

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