Operations Management

My training was in Manufacturing and Industrial engineering. I was a tool and die maker and tool designer before becoming a process engineering technologist and then owner of a tooling engineering firm.

Much of my work experience was in manufacturing management. I was involved in the design of manufacturing systems, ISO: 9001; ISO 15475 and ISO 9000 certification of manufacturing facilities and the auditing of suppliers.

This is an incomplete DRAFT

Industrial Engineering is concerned with the optimization of complex processes and organizations by developing, improving and implementing integrated systems of people, information and equipment. Industrial engineering is central to manufacturing operations. A Wikipedia overview can be found here.

Healthcare management or hospital management is the field relating to leadership, management, and administration of public health systems. A Wikipedia overview can be found here.

More on my experience can be found here

This training and work experience when contrasted with the processes and procedures I have seen in the hospitals is the basis of what the doctors describe as a “Generalized anxiety disorder”

More to come…

A Crisis in Leadership

My training is in manufacturing management specifically organization and process control. Mistakes are investigated, outcomes are measured and improvements striven for across the organization. More discussion about Process Control as I see it. I have never managed a hospital, never cared for another, so I really only know about stamping out metal parts and injection moulding so everything I think about hospital management may be completely wrong. It probably is.

In any event Ford can produce a new F150 every minute in one of 35,000 combinations and L-D Tool and Die where I worked can make 6 million DNA test kits a year with a rejection rate of <.00001%, so we, those in manufacturing of trucks and medical devices may have something to offer in terms of quality control.

And in the final analysis my biggest beef with the hospital is not with the techncial competence of the individuals, that is a miracle, but rather with the management of the process. I think that is an area that could be improved.