The survival of healthcare organizations depends on applying lean principles. Organizations that adopt lean principles can reduce waste while improving the quality of care. By applying stringent clinical data measurement approaches to routine care delivery, healthcare systems identify best practice protocols and incorporate those into the clinical workflow. Data from these best practices are applied through continuous-learning loop that enables teams across the organization to update and improve protocols–ultimately reducing waste, lowering costs, and improving access to care. This executive report based on a presentation by Dr. Brent James at a regional medical center, covers the following:
- How lean healthcare principles can help improve the quality of care.
- The steps healthcare organizations need to take to create a continuous-learning loop.
- How a lean approach creates financial leverage by eliminating waste and improving net operating margins and ROI.