Continuous Improvement Initiatives

3sHealth's implementation of Lean supports the Saskatchewan Health Care System, which  puts the needs and values of patients and families at the forefront and uses proven methods for continuous improvement.  3sHealth carries out Lean activities that improve internal processes and works in partnership with the Regional Health Authorities, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the Ministry of Health and other organizations to implement Lean throughout the health care system.

Mistake proofing

June 28, 2016 - Teams reported on projects at a special event - congratulations on your great successes!   READ MORE »
pdf  2016-06-23-Mistake-proofing.pdf

The WCB continuous improvement journey

April 1, 2016 - At the Workers’ Compensation Board offices, improvement, measurement, Lean training and the elimination of waste looks and feels different from the 3sHealth experience but the goal to continuously improve processes and outcomes for the customer is the same.   READ MORE »
pdf  2016-04-01-The-WCB-continuous-improvement-journey.pdf

Lean and Patient First are making a difference in Saskatchewan

February 23, 2016 - Dr. Joy Dobson, a physician consultant with 3sHealth, says Lean is having positive effects all around.   READ MORE »
pdf  2016-02-23-Lean-and-Patient-First-are-making-a-difference-in-Saskatchewan.pdf

Saving lives with simple visual cues

February 12, 2016 - Find out how visual cues now in place at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre are helping care providers better perform ventilator checks on patients.   READ MORE »
pdf  2016-02-12-Saving-lives-with-simple-visual-cues.pdf

Patient safety at heart of provincial Smart IV Pump project

February 5, 2016 - Saskatchewan patients receiving IV medication in hospital will soon be a lot safer, thanks to the province-wide introduction this year of infusion “smart pumps” that will help prevent dosing errors.   READ MORE »
pdf  2016-01-29-Smart-pump-RPIW.pdf

Improvement event focuses on employee benefits customers

December 8, 2015 - A team including 3sHealth employee benefits and information management staff as well as subject matter experts from SaskTel and eHealth came together for a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW) focused on creating a consistent client experience for 3sHealth’s employee benefits customers.    READ MORE »
pdf  2015-12-07-Improvement-event-focuses-on-customers.pdf

3sHealth embraces Change Day

November 23, 2015 - Walking 10,000 steps, connecting with co-workers more regularly, getting a flu shot and drinking more water were some of the pledges 3sHealth staff members made as part as Change Day 2015, an exciting global movement aimed at making small health care improvements.   READ MORE »
pdf  2015-11-23-3sHealth-embraces-change-day.pdf

Provincial reps improving product issue resolution process

September 25, 2015 - On September 9 and 10, a cross-functional team came together to develop and implement standard work for product issue identification, prioritization and planning, and communication as part of ongoing work to create a consistent provincial process.   READ MORE »
pdf  2015-09-25-Provincial-Reps-improving-product-issue-resolution.pdf

Creating a better information return process for our customers

April 3, 2015 - After a recent rapid process improvement workshop, an annual information exchange between 3sHealth and our customers is now simpler, defect-free, and more efficient.   READ MORE »
pdf  2015-04-Creating-a-better-information-return-process-for-our-customers.pdf

Visitors impressed with daily visual management at 3sHealth

March 12, 2015 - In the past year, groups have come from Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, SAHO, the Ministry of Education, SaskTel and Workers’ Compensation Board to get a firsthand look at how we are experimenting with daily visual management and finding ways to make it better over time.   READ MORE »
pdf  2015-03-Visitors-impressed-with-daily-visual-management-at-3sHealth.pdf

Morning care for residents transformed by giving staff supplies they need

December 3, 2014 - Morning care, the time when residents get cleaned and dressed for the day, is often the only one-on-one time long-term care residents spend with a care provider. Now, thanks to improvement work that started on two units and has spread to others using Lean methods, care providers have found ways to ensure they have all the supplies they need on hand, fewer steps to walk, and uninterrupted time with residents.    READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-2014-12-Morning-care-for-residents-transformed.pdf

Potential improvements coming to Gateway Online

December 1, 2014 - Representatives from across the province took part in a rapid process improvement workshop in the first week of November. The team identified significant improvements that could be made to the talent profile area of Gateway that will make entering and administering talent in the system much more efficient.   READ MORE »
pdf  2014-12-Potential-improvements-coming-to-Gateway-Online.pdf

Creating winning conditions for successful product conversions

December 1, 2014 - On Friday, November 21 members of the Materials Management Committee, the Clinical Advisory Committee, 3sHealth, and other healthcare system stakeholders gathered in Regina for a one-day kaizen event. The goal of participants was to identify the main issues that stand in the way of successful product conversions.   READ MORE »
pdf  20141201-Creating-Winning-Conditions-For-Successful-Product-Conversions.pdf

Team reduces time for transcription

April 8, 2014 - In a one-week Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW) held from March 3-7, 2014, a team of physicians and transcriptionists at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current came together and found ways to significantly reduce wait times and improve service delivery overall for the benefit of both patients and staff.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-2014-04Team-reduces-transcription-time.pdf

Linen services become more reliable and inventory is reduced in Cypress Health Region

April 7, 2014 - A Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (RPIW) held the week of March 3-7, 2014 at Palliser Care Centre in Swift Current, a team of care providers and environmental service workers made the linen service more predictable, reliable, and at the same time, removed large amounts of excess linen.    READ MORE »

RQHR and 3sHealth hold first Lean replication event

February 25, 2014 - During the week of January 27 – 31, 2014, 3sHealth and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health region held the first Lean replication event in the province at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-Feb-2014-3sHealth-RQHR-hold-replication-event.pdf

Staff scheduling and standard work aimed at improving patient care

January 14, 2014 - On December 3, 2013 employee, employer, labour relations and union representatives gathered to refine the work of a visioning day held earlier this year related to staff scheduling and standard work processes.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-Jan-2014-Staff-Scheduling-Provincial-Standard-Work-Event-Dec3-2013.pdf

Lean event addresses improvements in group purchasing processes

January 14, 2014 - In October, 3sHealth hosted a rapid process improvement workshop (RPIW) in which representatives from several health regions, the Ministry of Health, John Black and Associates, a patient, and a vendor participated.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-Jan-2014-Improvements-in-Group-Purchasing.pdf

3sHealth staff learn basics of Lean

December 3, 2013 - All 3sHealth staff members have now had Kaizen Basics training, the same program being offered to health care employees across the province.   READ MORE »

3sHealth IT processes improved

November 28, 2013 - Representatives from 3sHealth, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and John Black and Associates came together the week of October 28 to November 1, 2013 to conduct a rapid process improvement workshop (RPIW) to improve 3sHealth IT processes.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-2013-11-IT-Processes-Improved.pdf

A Lean approach to Disability Income Plan appeals

August 15, 2013 - For clients of 3sHealth’s Disability Income Plans (DIP), a Lean exercise created a significant change in the way appeals in the DIP department are handled.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-A-Lean-Approach-to-DIP-Appeals-August-2013.pdf

3sHealth and Weyburn Special Care Home partner to find scheduling solutions

August 15, 2013 - In May, 3sHealth and the SUN Country Health Region partnered on two Rapid Process Improvement Workshops (RPIWs) at the Weyburn Special Care Home to improve scheduling processes for their nursing and food services staff.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-Weyburn-Staff-Scheduling-Solutions-August-2103.pdf

Kanban seminar releases time and space in Prince Albert's Victoria Hospital

April 12, 2013 - Leaders from 3sHealth had the opportunity to join the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region to implement a Kanban system improving the flow of materials in Victoria Hospital.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-2013-03-Kanban.pdf

Provincial Linen Service focuses on improving the patient experience

April 11, 2013 - 3sHealth and the health regions continue to work together to improve the quality and efficiency of Provincial Linen Service.   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-2013-03-Linen.pdf

3P (Production Preparation Process) event held October 2012

October 3, 2012 - 3sHealth has been working with the health system stakeholders to examine options for modernizing the province’s health care laundry system, which currently processes 75% of the institutional linen (approximately 23 million pounds annually for 150 acute and long term care facilities).   READ MORE »
pdf  3sHealth-2012-10-Laundry-3P-Event (3).pdf