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View Resource New Facility, New Flow, and New Levels of Patient Care

This paper describes how lean concepts were applied to the healthcare system.Waiting is an activity that few find rewarding or of value; its simply a waste of time that reduces anyone's level of satisfaction. Yet, somehow, healthcare and waiting often are synonymous. The Clearview Cancer Institute in Huntsville, AL, is a dramatic exception.Physicians and staff have tirelessly reengineered the...

View Resource Best in Healthcare Getting Better with Lean

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., is one of America's elite organizations and world famous for the quality of healthcare that it provides. Even though Mayo Clinic is at the pinnacle of patient care, leadership keeps looking for ways to improve and now they're looking to lean. Dr. Hayes became aware of lean through initiatives within Mayo's radiology and pathology departments, where movement of...

View Resource The Distribution Game

This game is a computer simulation of retailers and wholesaler inventory systems. We play the game before we introduce EOQ and safety stock theory. The students soon get a feel for tradeoffs between ordering and inventory costs. We follow this trial and error experiment by a presentation of the theory. Students are then asked to apply the theory to the game's parameters and rerun it. The game...

View Resource Security and Privacy Aspects of Low-Cost Radio Frequency Identification Systems

While RFID technology can be very useful, the fact that information about items is collected remotely raises concerns about privacy and security. This issue is addressed in a research paper from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The authors review current RFID systems and their operation, and then propose a number of security mechanisms that could reduce the risk associated with their...

View Resource Transponder News

Transponder News offers several articles that explore the technology of radio frequency identification (RFID) in greater detail. Topics include choosing the frequency, types of RFID systems, suppliers, trends, and technical reports. Visitors will also find links to interviews, standards, and registration for Transponder News' newsletter of site updates.

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