Lean Healthcare: Reducing Medical Costs
April 03, 2014
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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