How To Implement Lean In A Hospital Environment
Many organisations around the world are looking to adopt lean processes and hospitals and healthcare systems are no different. Lean cultures can cut out unnecessary costs, increase productivity and drive innovation; however, hiring the wrong people can seriously damage your institution's changes of success.
The simple truth is, not everybody thrives in a lean environment. Kevin Klinvex, Executive Vice President for Select International, an employee's assessment and hiring solution firm wrote in a blog post this week, “What many organizations end up finding out is that without a hiring process that clearly identifies employees who excel in a lean environment, they are only addressing half the issue. The reason is very straightforward, lean environments demand higher levels of energy, problem solving, collaboration, and continuous improvement. Hiring people who work best in a highly structured, non-collaborative environment, signals trouble for building a high performance, lean organization.”
Healthcare Global outlines four HR practices that healthcare executives and managers need to implement in order to support a lean environment >>>
#1.Define the competencies employees must possess, (e.g., teamwork, attention to quality, work pace, work ethic, continuous improvement, problem solving ability, job fit motivation, communication and integrity).
#2. Hire only people who have those competencies.
#3. Provide lean systems and training for all employees. Encourage high performance by communicating the value and including it in performance management systems.
#4. Coach and, if necessary, remove individuals who refuse to embrace the high-performance culture.
“Over time you will replace those who cannot or do not want to work in a lean environment with people who thrive and embrace high performance. At the same time you will send a healthy message that lean is important,” said Klinvex.
Employing the right people, providing the right training and maintaining the right culture for your organisation is key to productivity, development and continuous improvement.
Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."