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Gauteng hospital waiting times down thanks to ‘lean’ initiative

An initiative to improve staff efficiency and reduce patient waiting times in Gauteng has proved to be a success. In 2015 the Lean Institute was asked to implement the principles of ‘lean management’ at four of Gauteng’s largest hospitals. http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/307345/gauteng-hospital-waiting-times-down-thanks-to-lean-initiative

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Eye on education creating a work-life balance

The Lean Institute Africa is a non-profit company with the aim of promoting Lean Management in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are a specialised unit of the Graduate School of Business (UCT). Rose Heathcote is the CEO of the Lean Institute Africa. She is also the author of Clear Direction Drive the Right Change in the Right […]

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Lessons on Continuous Improvement with Lean at Groote Schuur Hospital

Since Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) officially opened its doors 80 years ago it has become one of Cape Town’s premier tertiary academic hospitals. From when the first heart transplant was performed to present day, innovation has remained at the centre of the hospital’s ongoing strategy of improving patient care and outcomes. Lessons on Continuous Improvement […]

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The 8 Types of Waste in Healthcare

One of the core principles of lean thinking is the reduction of waste, which can be defined as anything that doesn’t add value to the customer. Industrial Engineer and Facilitator at the Lean Institute Africa (LIA), Tshepo Thobejane, talks about the different types of waste in healthcare and counter measures that leaders can apply to […]

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Applying Lean at Groote Schuur Hospital

In the lead up to the Lean Summit Africa 2018 taking place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town from 30 October to 1 November 2018, invited speaker and CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Dr Bhavna Patel, talks about her hospital’s experience in implementing the Lean Management System for improved quality and patient outcomes. Applying Lean at Groote […]

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Kim Barnas: On Creating a Lean Management System in Public Health

In the lead up to the Lean Summit Africa 2018 taking place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town from 30 October to 1 November, keynote speaker and CEO at Catalysis Inc., Kim Barnas, talks about the Lean Management System that develops leaders and people, identifies defects and solves problems. Kim Barnas: On Creating a Lean Management System in Public Health  

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Companies on a drive to become more efficient

Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital, a catalytic converter manufacturer and a well-known car sales dealer have one essential thing in common. They have all managed to radically improve efficiency across their operations over the past few years. http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/companies-on-a-drive-to-become-more-efficient-2018-11-01/rep_id:4136

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Lessons on transforming manufacturing in India

Transformational changes in manufacturingin India have been unpacked at the Lean Summit Africa 2018, in Cape Town, holding important lessons for ramping up efficiency and boosting competitiveness in South Africa. http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/lessons-on-transforming-manufacturing-in-india-2018-10-31/rep_id:4136

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The Double-Loop PDCA

How “Double-Loop PDCA” was discovered due to a problem with implementing a lean  daily management system in a South African hospital. The Double-Loop PDCA

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