Become lean and mean with lean principles
Abstract: The concept of lean management has been applied for over a decade to other industries, and it’s now making its way to health care. The essence of lean management is doing more with less. It may be just the tool a practice needs in this time of cost pressures, reduced reimbursements, quality concerns and reform initiatives. This article lists examples of waste that lean principles can address, and describes Value Stream Mapping — an important tool in introducing a lean management program to a health care practice.