Unlike other books on Lean Healthcare, The Lean Healthcare Handbook goes beyond merely describing tools, it shows you exactly how to USE these tools to design healthcare work that is smooth, efficient, error-free and focused on patients and patient outcomes. It includes in-depth discussions of every important Lean tool, including value stream maps, takt time, spaghetti diagrams, workcell design, 5S, SMED, A3, Kanban, Kaizen and many more, all presented in the context of healthcare. For example, the book explains the importance of quick changeovers (for example, operating room or exam room changeovers) and shows you specific methods for drastically reducing changeover time. You will learn to create healthcare value streams where work flows based on the pull of customer/patient demand. You will also learn a variety of ways to continue improving after your initial Lean successes. Methods for finding the root causes of problems and implementing effective solutions are described and demonstrated. The approach taught here is based on the Toyota Production System, which has been adopted worldwide by healthcare organizations for use in clinical, non-clinical and administrative areas. The topics covered in this book are also taught in online training courses at www.pyzdekinstitute.com, where you can earn certification and recognition of your skills from an acclaimed and accredited training organization, The Pyzdek Institute.