May 1, 2009

How to have a Leaner OR department

By: Charles E. Noon, PhD

There's plenty of buzz (and confusion) about "Lean health care." Many wrongly assume Lean is simply applying Toyota lean manufacturing tools to health care. Unfortunately, many approach it that way. At the University of Tennessee, we define Lean health care as "…the application of concepts, tools, and management prescriptions to improve the operating processes that create value for the patient." The management prescriptions are straightforward—eliminate waste, achieve flow, and develop…

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