Dagmar Piotr Tomanek
Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, Research Center, Germany
The Pearl Chain Concept is an approach which bases on a stable order sequence in production planning and control with the aim improve the efficiency. Moreover a stable order sequence in production effects positively on logistic management. The key performance indicator (KPI) pearl chain grade measures the compliance of the order sequence. KPIs like e.g. the pearl chain grade are already successfully implemented in automotive and supplier industries. On the contrary the implementation and the impact on efficiency of the Pearl Chain Concept in hospitals needs to be researched.
This article examines whether a transfer of the Pearl Chain Concept from production planning and control to operating theatre management makes sense.
There is no previous research of the use of the Pearl Chain Concept in hospitals. This article represents the initial phase of research on this topic. The research methodology is based on a deductive approach. Findings from automotive industry are analytically and empirically checked in various hospitals.
Theoretical considerations and an empirical study points out the potential of the Pearl Chain Concept in a clinical setting. The results show that the pearl chain grade is not in contradiction with the efficiency (in form of capacity utilization) of an operating theatre in hospital. Consequently, the pearl chain grade could complement, and not replace, the existing key performance indicators in hospitals e.g. capacity utilization.
Key words: Pearl Chain Concept, Pearl Chain Grade, Capacity Utilization, Hospital Management, Operating Theatre Management
Last Update: October 18, 2018