The Global Spread of “Lean Hospitals”
I'm in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan for a few days for the Michigan Lean Consortium annual conference. It's my home state, so it's great to see the collaboration around lean healthcare and lean, more generally.
Michigan, along with other industrial states like Wisconsin and Iowa, have been strong adopters of lean healthcare, but the ideas are spreading around the world, as evidenced by some updates and web traffic for my first book Lean Hospitals.
Looking at translations of that first edition, my book has been or is being translated into:
- Simplified Chinese
- Complex Chinese
- Turkish (already available)
I've heard a rumor that the book is being translated, unofficially and somewhat illegally, into Persian/Farsi. The translation is being done in Iran, so, um, what can you do? There are also some talks with a Dutch publisher, so we'll see what happens there.
Looking at the server logs for www.LeanHospitalsBook.com, recent visitors from outside the U.S. include:
- Iran (searching Google for “characteristic of the lean hospital”)
- South Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- Iran (searching for “lean hospitals”)
- Germany (searching for “lean hospital”)
- United Kingdom
- Iran (different location again, searching for “lean hospital”)
- Iran (different location again)
- South Korea
- Ecuador (Searching for “different hospital flows in lean hospitals”)
- India (where I might be going in March 2012)
- Sri Lanka
- El Salvador
This is all in the past week. Honestly, there is as traffic from outside the U.S. (49.8% of hits) than within (51.2%).
The effort has stalled and failed somewhat, due to some problems with the customizable Google Maps features, but I had been working with others in trying to create a map that showed documents cases of lean healthcare from around the world. Pins and locations keep disappearing from the map after being added, plus it's just really clunky to add locations to a custom map.
It sure is humbling to see the spread of these ideas around the world – for better patient care, more access, and lower costs. Everybody is trying to improve healthcare…