Enabling innovative healthcare delivery through the use of focussed factory model: case of spine clinic of the future

N. Wickramasinghe, J.W. Bloemendal, A.K. de Bruin, Johannes Jacobus Krabbendam

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    Abstract: This paper discusses the concept of the focused factory model. We highlight that the focused factory model combines one of the key generic strategies identified by Michael Porter (1985) and the ideas and concepts from manufacturing. The genesis of this model has its roots in trying to restore the competitive edge for manufacturing in the US. We assert that this model has much benefit for healthcare and, by applying such a model to the structuring of healthcare facilities, we can realise the benefits of this model that have been experienced in manufacturing; namely, we can achieve a competitive edge to healthcare delivery. We illustrate our ideas by presenting the design for a new Spine Clinic in the Netherlands. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Keywords: healthcare facilities, healthcare delivery, work flow, focused factory, spine clinic, information technology, health management information systems, knowledge management, The Netherlands, clinic design, facilities design
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)90-109
    Number of pages20
    JournalInternational journal of innovation and learning
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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