7.24.2009

Book Talk: Value Stream Mapping for Healthcare Made Easy

Lean tools used in manufacturing can be applied to other industries. But there may be some differences in the details of their application, it may not be perfectly clear how to shift from one industry to another, and people working in a given industry may be skeptical of how something used in another field applies to them.

That is why there can be value in industry-specific books. A good example, and one we believe should be of strong interest to healthcare professionals, is Value Stream Mapping for Healthcare Made Easy, a new book to be published next month. (Orders can be placed now.)

This book is by Amy and Cindy Jimmerson. Cindy is also the author of another healthcare-specific book, A3 Problem Solving for Healthcare.

The authors have written the book in two parts. The first part introduces healthcare workers to value stream mapping and explains how to look at any process with eyes that probe all the value-added and non-value-added activities.

The second part reviews real value stream maps at real healthcare facilities created by teams of administrators, managers, physicians, and staff members.

With growing interest in lean in healthcare, and with so many healthcare professionals still relatively new to lean, this paperbound book can be a valuable resource for those embarking on a new lean journey.

Do you have a question or comment about a book(s) that you would like addressed in Book Talk? Email me directly at Ralph.bernstein@taylorandfrancis.com.

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