Lean Principles in Healthcare and Lean Healthcare Training
Lean is a term used to describe a philosophy that aims to achieve an organization’s maximum revenue potential through the systematic elimination of waste.
Derived from business practices used by the Toyota Motor Company, the term “Lean” refers to the ability to achieve more with less. Today, the concept of Lean applies to businesses and organizations across industries, from manufacturing to healthcare.
Lean is governed by five common principles. These include:
- Specifying what creates value from the customer's perspective
- Identifying all the steps across the entire value stream
- Making those actions which create value flow seamlessly and predictably
- Only making or delivering what is required by the customer just-in-time
- Striving for perfection by continually removing successive layers of waste
In other words, by pursuing a Lean strategy an organization becomes demand-driven. Lean in healthcare, means that hospitals deliver the Perfect Care Model. The Perfect Care Model is a high reliability business strategy that aims for:
- The highest quality of patient care
- The delivery of reliable healthcare
- The lowest cost healthcare
- Uncompromising levels of patient safety
- High employee and patient morale
Eliminate Non Value Added Work
One of the overarching goals of Lean principles in healthcare is to eliminate the amount of time currently spent on non value added activities in the delivery of patient care. In other words, by identifying the essential elements of healthcare and eliminating the wasteful activities you will increase the productivity of your workforce and reduce costs. On average, lean healthcare training programs and the incorporation of lean in healthcare double productivity and reduce costs by 20 percent. Other benefits of lean principles in healthcare include realizing dramatic reductions in hospital administrative costs, better patient flow paths, increased participation by the workforce in process improvement activities and high employee retention rates.
Safer Healthcare provides Lean principles in healthcare consulting services to hospitals and healthcare systems to optimize processes and patient pathways. The benefits that can be achieved in healthcare through lean transformation include:
- Reduced waiting times
- Reduced length of hospital stay
- Improved quality of healthcare and efficiency
- Elimination of medical errors and adverse events
- Improved patient safety and reduced mortality
- • Improved hospital and healthcare staff morale
- • Improved patient satisfaction
- Efficiency gains from reduced waste
- Releasing resources and staff for improved patient care
Culture Change and Continuous Improvements
Hospitals are increasingly turning to Lean principles in healthcare to help get more out of the same resources, to help improve the quality of patient care and safety, eliminate medical errors, cut delays and reduce the length of patient stays in hospital. The economic challenges now facing providers makes the quest for healthcare quality an absolute necessity. High quality, patient safety is no longer a goal, it must be an everyday practice. Safer Healthcare’s team of Lean experts is a leader in the implementation of sustainable operational improvements based on lean principles in healthcare. Our team members have been working with client hospitals to identify waste and areas for optimization within a specific process or the overall clinical pathway since 1999.We can help you to build a world class lean healthcare organization where flexibility and speed of response can be combined with the highest quality of service.
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