Category Archives: Lean Design

What the Iphone Game “Diner Dash” Taught Me about Optimizing Emergency Department Throughput

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February 19, 2015  |  Delia Caldwell

Like most people, within hours of purchasing my first Iphone, I discovered game apps. Since that time I have spent entirely too much time playing them. One game in particular, Diner Dash, has taught me some valuable lessons about optimizing emergency department throughput. The basic premise of Diner Dash is that Flo, the proprietress, acquires… | Read More

Hospital Construction Phasing Techniques to Mitigate Strategic, Operational, and Physical Impacts

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December 12, 2014  |  Minta Ferguson

Hospitals have a tremendous opportunity to save time and money by addressing the phasing of capital improvement projects early. Here, we discuss phasing techniques to activate as soon as the Master Facility Planning (MFP) stage to maximize capital and reduce the potential for schedule delays and undesirable operational ramifications. A thorough phasing strategy defines an… | Read More

Be Lean, Save Time, Save Money: Pre-Select and Standardize Medical Equipment and Engineering Systems

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November 25, 2014  |  Troy Seanor AIA

Prior to the capital approval of any design and construction project, hospital Directors of Facilities and BioMed/Purchasing leaders should predetermine customized selection standards for medical and engineering systems equipment. With such standards in place, hospitals can save time and money, and compound the cost savings over future capital improvement projects. MEDICAL EQUIPMENT STANDARDIZATION By establishing… | Read More

An Integrated Healthcare Design Build Team: Less Waste, Fewer Surprises, Faster Decisions

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November 21, 2014  |  Troy Seanor AIA

We believe that that design build project delivery is the best option for delivering complex healthcare projects. By removing silos, design-build results in lower overall costs and faster speed to market. In this series, we discuss several reasons why this approach generates superior solutions for healthcare providers. General contractor participation at the very beginning of… | Read More

As Healthcare Providers Integrate, So Must We

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November 20, 2014  |  Troy Seanor AIA

We believe that that design build project delivery is the best option for delivering complex healthcare projects. By removing silos, design-build results in lower overall costs and faster speed to market. In this series, we discuss several reasons why this approach generates superior solutions for healthcare providers. In “Mending Wall,” first published in 1914, Robert… | Read More

DIY Lean on a Dime

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October 7, 2014  |  Kristyna Culp

What if your department needs to function more efficiently, but cost prohibits hiring a Lean consultant in the near future? You can make progress in spite of this obstacle, because as the saying goes, low hanging fruit is easy to pick. We discuss the aspects of Lean you can implement internally. STEP 1: CREATE A… | Read More

In the Race for Market Share, Sometimes You Can’t Afford a Twelve-Month Design Process

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August 8, 2014  |  Scott Garand

Typically when designing a new building, the team holds meetings to review design concepts, the client suggests modifications, the design team refines the design, and then a subsequent meeting is held to review the progress, often with two-week gaps between each step. This approach is linear, time consuming, and requires significant amounts of coordination for… | Read More