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Part 1:  Introducing Lean Sigma to Drive Performance Improvements in Healthcare

August 19, 2008

  • Dr. Ian Wedgwood, Executive Director, Sigma Breakthrough Technologies, Inc. Learn More
  • Introducing Lean Sigma to Drive Performance Improvements in Healthcare:
    Learn How a Texas Hospital Decreased Medication Delivery Time by 45%

    Six Sigma and Lean Sigma are well-understood concepts outside the healthcare industry. With over 20 years of success in multiple industries, the results are now being applied to healthcare. By following an actual case study from a Kaizen event, SBTI will show you how many of the attributes that distinguish Lean Sigma from other methodologies, are the same characteristics that make them so successful. Using the framework of a common hospital process problem and following a case example, we will demonstrate how Lean and Six Sigma methods can be successfully applied in a healthcare environment to gain unprecedented results.


    Key takeaways include:


    • A real world case example of a Lean Sigma project applied to the common healthcare process: Medication Delivery Time
    • Lean and Six Sigma – a basic understanding of what they are and how they work
    • How integrating Lean and Six Sigma gains both speed and accuracy in your processes
    • Achieving results: The pitfalls and how to avoid them
    • How to accelerating the approach – gaining results in days or weeks versus months


    This webinar is part of a series sponsored by SBTI

    Part 1
    August 19/08
    Introducing Lean Sigma to Drive Performance Improvements in Healthcare
    For more information about Part 2
    November 11/08
    Using Lean Sigma to Improve Patient Flow and Increase Capacity
    For more information about Part 3
    January 13/09
    Creating the Infrastructure for Successful Lean Sigma Integration

    C-level executives, Vice Presidents, Directors involved with:

    • Finance
    • Quality Assurance
    • Quality Control
    • Lean and/or Six Sigma
    • Process Excellence

    within the Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.


    Dr. Ian Wedgwood, Executive Director, Sigma Breakthrough Technologies, Inc.

    Dr. Ian Wedgwood is an Executive Director for SBTI and has over a decade of Lean Sigma experience. He has both led and facilitated a number of deployments in industries as diverse as electronics, engineered materials, medical devices, chemicals, and healthcare, and has trained and mentored numerous Executives, Champions, and Belts in DFSS, Six Sigma, and Lean. Prior to joining SBTI, Ian worked for the global engineering group Invensys PLC.  As a Program Manager he was involved in key Projects during strategic acquisitions.


    Dr. Wedgwood joined SBTI as a Master Consultant in 2001 and SBTI’s Leadership Team as its first Executive Director in February 2003.  He has been the Executive over SBTI’s Healthcare Division since it’s inception in 2003 and has facilitated multiple healthcare deployments including the highly successful deployment at Columbus Regional Hospital. Ian holds a Ph.D. and a First-Class Honors degree in Applied Mathematics from Scotland’s St.Andrew’s University.


    Sigma Breakthrough Technologies, Inc.(SBTI) is an internationally recognized consulting firm for enterprise-wide business process solutions. SBTI offers an expansive portfolio of products and services to improve businesses in all disciplines at all levels. SBTI has assisted companies in a variety of industries including healthcare, chemical manufacturing, assembly, transportation, power generation and distribution. Some of SBTI’s customers include Fairchild Semiconductor, Boston Scientific, PPG and Florida Power & Light. SBTI is headquartered with training facilities in Central Texas, with offices in New Jersey and four international offices serving a host of multinational clients.

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