Lean Foundations

In partnership with Denver Health Lean Academy, this course brings Lean Foundations training to you in a virtual format. 


Lean Foundations is the first step in your Lean education, allowing you to establish the needed bedrock on which to build your Lean management system. This course focuses on core Lean principles and tools. Through active learning and simulation, you will learn to put your customer first and systematically problem solve to make your processes more efficient and effective. Your Lean foundation will empower you to improve quality, safety, and efficiency in your scope of work. This course is designed for individuals who are looking to stop "fire fighting" and start building "fire-resistant" systems inside of their day-to-day operations so they can reliably deliver to their customers and enhance their work environment while problems are small.


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Course Details

Key Concepts

  • Lean Waste
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Daily Management
  • Value Stream and Process Mapping
  • A3 Problem Solving
  • Standard Work
  • Visual Management


Course format

Hybrid: 4 live online sessions with asynchronous work between sessions

Live sessions: Wednesdays, 12-1:30 PM (click course start dates above for all date information)

Hours: 16

Cost: $1500

Participants in this course will:

  • Explore how and why lean organizations put the customer at the center
  • Experience interactive learning that teaches problem-solving using lean tools and methodology
  • Explore how continuous improvement helps to build and sustain a culture of operational excellence
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Who should take this course?

  • Healthcare workers and leaders exploring process improvement and innovation to help improve outcomes, workflows, and errors
  • Employees outside of healthcare looking to utilize a Lean method of process evaluation, improvement, and innovation

The University of Denver, an Authorized Educational Partner (AEP) of HIMSS, has worked with Denver Health to build this online curriculum to constitute 16 Continuing Education (CE) hours for any HIMSS certification.

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