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Improving care delivery through Lean: Implementation case studies (U.S.)

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posted by WM Admin on 21 February 2015

This report presents an introduction to the application of Lean principles in health care settings to improve quality of care, increase efficiency, lower costs, and provide better patient outcomes.

Lean is an organizational redesign approach focused on elimination of waste, which is defined as any activity that consumes resources (e.g., staff, time, money, space) without adding value to those being served by the process.

In addition to background information and the results of a literature review, the report presents six case studies from five organizations that implemented Lean principles in different types of health care settings. Recommendations are provided for similar organizations wishing to implement Lean in their facilities.

http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/system/systemdesign/leancasestudies/index.html