Lean Healthcare: Reducing Medical Costs

April 03, 2014

by Matin Karbassioon

With such a big need for our nation’s healthcare system to reduce medical costs, find savings and create operating efficiencies, Lean principles are taking root throughout our healthcare system. Today major healthcare players like Virginia Mason Medical Center are benchmarking their practices and adapting Lean principles to the health care space.

Recently, CONNSTEP ran a two-part training course on Lean healthcare in collaboration with the Connecticut Hospital Association.  The first session focused on the application of Lean principles, followed by a session on the benefits of Value Stream Mapping for healthcare operations.

Regardless of which industry is using Lean principles, ultimately the Lean philosophy doesn’t change. Its benefits are universal. From the textile mill to the operating theater, the principles apply to virtually any situation.  For Lean to work, however, it needs to be driven from the top down. Lean, including customer-focused care, often requires a cultural revolution within an organization, and that revolution needs to start with top management. When top executives drive Lean in hospital operations or on the plant floor, improvements abound.

>To learn more about how you can make Lean work for your hospital or medical practice, read our full article, Lean Manufacturing Lessons for Healthcare.

Lean, including customer-focused care, often requires a cultural revolution within an organization, and that revolution needs to start with top management. When top executives drive Lean in the health care space or on the plant floor, improvements abound.

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Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

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Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

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Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

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Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

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VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

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Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

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Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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