Lean Healthcare means Better Care & Lower Healthcare Costs
Get training in Lean thinking and continuous improvement methods that improve business processes in healthcare
Hospitals around the world are successfully implementing Lean practices for the benefit of patients, employees, providers, and the organization itself. Lean methods simultaneously enable provision of better care and cost reductions.
Position your organization for expansion and growth by beginning a conversation with our Lean consultants. From clinical integration to electronic health records, from market driven-exchanges to value based payments all aimed at eliminating preventable medical error – change is constant. Simultaneously, reimbursement to healthcare providers continues to decline at both the federal and state level, making it imperative that hospital leaders transform their organizations through strategies that concurrently increase revenue and sharply reduce costs.
Lean Principles in Healthcare Help Typical Issues
- Understand value as specified by the customer—a quick visit
- Identify the value stream for each product or service and remove the waste (non value added)—time on hold, call backs, walking or waiting
- Make the value stream flow without interruptions from beginning to end—no or minimal waiting by staff or patient
- Let the customer pull the product or value—pulling the medicine refill when needed
- Strive for perfection—every doctor, nurse, technician, improves his or her process for better value (less waste) for the customer
Lean Training for Hospital Managers
The Lean Principles in Healthcare series is a structured program covering a number of principles, strategies, and tools that are needed to implement and sustain Lean thinking as the foundation upon which excellence is built. The series can be customized to meet the specific needs of any healthcare program.
The curriculum is focused on teaching basic concepts and practical skills needed to drive and sustain measurable operational improvements.
“Through Value Stream Mapping, Gemba walks, and Kaizen newspapers, our staff is learning to study daily tasks and processes, patient contacts, and delivery of services to maximize value to our patients while minimizing waiting times and wastes of supplies and labor. We now actually have units asking when Lean is coming to them!”
“Loved the healthcare real life examples and explanations. We plan on utilizing these tools within our institution for continuous process improvement.”
“I learned a systemic way to approach flow issues in the hospital.”
“I feel much better prepared to lead my team through improvement initiatives to reduce waste, in a practical and detailed manner. The content applies over many healthcare settings without being too specific to any one in particular.”
“Today’s healthcare providers must introduce systems that will promote the highest quality and the best efficiency. Lean principles, if applied, will do just that.”