This is all somewhat preliminary, but I’ve been talking to the folks at the Kaizen Institute about helping organize a study trip to Japan, aimed at Lean Healthcare professionals. The trip might take place in the second half of 2012 sometime, but there is some flexibility around this, as Kaizen Institute would be creating a custom trip. The visits would include, of course, some great Lean factories, but we’d also try to visit a healthcare facility.
Part of my role would be to help attendees translate the management practices from manufacturing settings to healthcare, given my experience in both industries. Kaizen Institute is, of course, bringing their experience with organizing these tours to Japan.
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As a possible discussion point here on the blog: I’ve never been to Japan, as a tourist or as part of a Lean trip. I would like to go out of curiosity to see what others learn when they go. Virginia Mason Medical Center famously sends lots of staff and leaders there. Salem Health (in Oregon) shared this video about their trip. What are your experiences or your thoughts about the idea of study trips to Japan? Pros and cons?
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