Mastering Your Time
In the 1950s, the automobile giant Toyota came up with a new way to speed up the management processes and make them more cost effective. This technique, known as the Just in Time technique or JIT, encouraged ordering certain materials from the warehouses only when needed to be used immediately. This was basically done in order to cut down storage costs and hence make the process more effective.
For years, organizations have used this technique with notable improvements in their management processes and that is why The Johns Hopkins Hospital decided to experiment with the technique as well. The results this initial test produced are so impressive that you might be compelled to master JIT right now as well.
The Idea to Preview Medical Records:
The Just in Time technique translates in the field of medicine through previewing patient records before the actual appointment. A lot of time is lost when residents have to go through all the records of a patient they have to treat and then discussing everything with their attending. This technique helps in taking that wasted time out of the equation by providing all the necessary information to residents a day before they have to meet the patient.
Residents were assigned cases by two attending members a day earlier than the patients were supposed to visit. The records were analyzed and then discussed with their attending which led to an overall decrease in the processing times of 504 patients in a total of four months.
In the pursuit to master JIT, the hospital produced very positive results which is why you should start using the technique right now as well.
- The healthcare process was more streamlined as both the patients and they physicians didn’t have to wait any more than needed.
- A total time of 175 minutes of patient wait times was saved after a 25 to 42 minute previewing by the physician.
- This technique also led to a decrease in the number of overtime operations, with a total of 28 minutes’ worth time saved.
An Increase in the Physicians’ Performance:
When the physicians knew beforehand about what their patient needed, they were better prepared to treat them. Patient-doctor interaction time was automatically shortened so that other patients wouldn’t have to wait.
The physicians were seen to be more confident as well as better at their performance. Reading the records before meeting the patient led to a better plan of action which led to an overall performance boost in the hospital.
When first introduced by Toyota, this technique was to help eradicate excessive material storage and the costs generated by that in order to make the production flow smoother. By incorporating the same ideals into healthcare, the doctors are The Johns Hopkins Hospital have opened doors to even more improvements in healthcare systems.
No more time than absolutely necessary should be wasted when a patient is suffering and another one is waiting for their turn. The need of the healthcare system is to master JIT right now so that the people can be treated with the respect and comfort that they deserve.