Hoshin Kanri

Hoshin Kanri is a proven strategic planning and management method being used across the Saskatchewan Health system in the implementation of Lean methods and principles. The Hoshin planning process brings individuals, facilities, regions and the larger health system together to achieve significant breakthrough improvements in eight priority areas. The Hoshin Kanri planning process focuses on Better Care, Better Health, Better Teams, and Better Value for the people of Saskatchewan.

In 2014/15 the Cypress Health Region will be contributing to provincial priorities via Hoshin Projects and Outcome Projects.


Hoshin Projects:

Hoshin Projects are those in which the organization will achieve breakthrough levels of improvement by March 31, 2015. These projects have already completed a provincial planning and data collection process, and are identified by Health System Leaders as a Provincial priority for the operational year.

In 2014-15 year, the Province of Saskatchewan and Cypress Health Region will focus its efforts on Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow.

Emergency Departments and Patient Flow
  • Key Actions:
    • To reduce the current patient wait time from the Physicians order to admit to patient arrival at their hospital bed/room.
  • Breakthrough Improvement Goal:
    • By March 31, 2015, At least 85% of patients requiring admission from the ED will be admitted to an appropriate bed within 5 hours.
  • Benefits of this work:
    • Emergency Room patients requiring admission to a hospital bed will be transferred from their emergency room bed to an inpatient unit in a timely manner. In improving patient flow to inpatient units, emergency room capacity will be expanded, resulting in decreased wait times for patients accessing emergency services.

Outcome Projects:

Outcome Projects are five year projects which the Cypress Health Region will work towards through continuous incremental improvements. Outcome projects are in various stages of the planning, data collection and implementation cycle and have staggered deadlines and targets. In many cases, a provincial outcome may be newly identified, or not yet mature enough to achieve breakthrough levels of improvement. Each outcome requires significant planning, data collection and preparation prior to progressing to a breakthrough Hoshin Project.

In the 2014-15 year, the Cypress Health Region will focus its efforts on eight provincial outcomes through Value Steam Mapping, Data Collection and Project Planning. To read about each of these please click on the appropriate titles in the blue box below.

For more information on the implementation of Hoshin Kanri into the Saskatchewan health system please view any of the following resources: