BJC Healthcare drives efficiency with Lean-led design

Introducing LeanHDX - Rodney Mullins from BJC HealthCare demonstrates how he used LeanHDX to consolidate scattered labs into one, helping to maximize efficiency and eliminate waste across their facility.

Find out how BJC shortened turnaround time for lab results by 37%, reduced walking time, and managed staffing levels effectively. This helped them to immediately reduce operational costs.

LeanHDX was the perfect tool to help BJC. Unique in its approach LeanHDX allowed BJC to consider the physical layout and the processes of the lab simultaneously.

Webinar highlights:

  • The Problem with Labs (02:30)
  • Lean Design Approach (07:43)
  • Potential Layouts (15:41)
  • See it in action (25:00)
  • Q&A (32:19)

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Questions & answers from the webinar

How long did it take to build the simulation and how long did the whole project take?

The simulation model took 3 or 4 hours to build and part of that was learning the software. But once I understood the features and functions to build the simulation it took about 3 or 4 hours.

The whole project has probably been going on for around a year and a half due to the large amount of construction work, but most of the project has been under way since the beginning of 2015.

What kind of data did you need to build the simulation? What were the key assumptions?

The layout to scale was important so we could look at how many miles the staff were walking. Also important was the number of arrivals per hour. Once the samples arrived at the sorting station, with LeanHDX we were able to show the samples going to different locations so there was really nothing for us to think about at that point, which was really helpful. So as long as we know the average number of arrivals per hour then we could do estimated staffing plans. It gave us a realistic target ahead of starting the project.

What are the key feature difference between LeanHDX and other simulation packages?

LeanHDX is designed for a few things:

  • It is entirely web-based, which means you have automatic saving, the ability to share your simulation, no software downloads and that will really simplify the adoption process.
  • Speed to build. Very simplified to build compared to other simulation packages and very easy to drag and drop, draw connections and start running. It is easy to get bogged down with trying to make simulations perfect, that require so many assumptions and the ability to program. LeanHDX takes care of that for us so it will be much faster to build and run.
  • Easy analysis. You can create different scenarios and compare the results very quickly. Every time you run a scenario you can save the results, make a change and run again and populate the data into the built-in charts. You have access to these charts without any extra analysis or exporting large pieces of data. This makes it easy to compare scenarios and really see which layout works best for the project.

How long did it take you to learn LeanHDX?

I sat with Brittany for 2 hours at most and she walked me through the features and a lot of it I figured out on my own. It truly is that easy to learn and easy to use. I did reach out and ask questions but this is something that someone can pick up and start using.

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