I was honored to be asked to participate in a supplement that was published by the journal The International Journal for Quality in Healthcare. The supplement is a collection of articles about the use of Lean or Lean Six Sigma in Irish hospitals.
I had the opportunity to serve as a reviewer for the submitted papers, and I was also asked to contribute a summarizing article as an “editorial” that appears at the start of the supplement.
Here is the link to my article:
The article should be freely available through that link.
From the second paragraph of the article:
“Healthcare improvement quite often results from breaking down silos and crossing breaking barriers in many ways. Methodologies, practices and mindsets can be adopted (and adapted) from manufacturing to healthcare, as has occurred with Lean and Six Sigma over the past 20 years. People with varying backgrounds and perspectives can collaborate to create better, more affordable care–in Ireland and other countries around the world.”
I think the idea of breaking down silos is one of the more important contributions from the Lean philosophy. This idea of breaking down silos traces back also to W. Edwards Deming. We can break down barriers between departments, barriers between improvement methodologies, and barriers that prevent sharing across national borders.
After collaborating on the supplement, I had the opportunity to visit Dublin in November, meeting with some of the article authors, including SeÁn Paul Teeling, who invited me to participate and to visit.
Here is Sean introducing me before the presentation that I gave to a group in Dublin:
The other articles in the supplement are based on real improvement work related to healthcare quality and patient access:
I hope you'll check out the articles. Here is a tweet with a photo of some of the authors:
7 new collaborative @ucdsnmhs & @materlean— Sean Paul Teeling (@materlean) January 3, 2020
Lean 6 Sigma healthcare papers @ISQua @MarkGraban Some authors with @jimdalytd @ launch.
Link https://t.co/gOHtzCrIcw@UCDHealthSystem @SHSIRL @UCD_CHAS
@crowley_philip @ucddublin @IEHospitalGroup @MaterNursing @ThePillarDublin pic.twitter.com/354DvSYFEc
You can also learn more about the UCD Mater Lean Academy and their work.
Below are two photos I took of a hospital's “Transformation Office” sign and the other side that has the Irish language version:
And the cover photo for this post is one that I took of the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin:
Thanks again to my Irish friends for inviting me to their great city! And congratulations to all of them for their improvement work and their publications.
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