L𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 (part 1 of 3)
Last week, I was honoured to be a panellist for the “𝘌𝘜-𝘈𝘜 𝘚𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵 “𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩4𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘍𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨”, where I zoomed in on the benefits of #lean in Healthcare.
Our world economy is about $86 trillion US dollars. Assuming 𝟝 𝕥𝕠 𝟙𝟘% of this is allocated to healthcare, we will still be short of around $200 billion till 2030 to ensure #health4all globally (image worlddatabank). Lean for certain can help identify areas to improve in healthcare to reduce costs, but also to make better decisions that will benefit customers and employees.
Lean in health care is about 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒖𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒖𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒔 that patients and staff experience every day. Lean healthcare is a system of improvement that minimizes waste in every process, procedure, and task through an ongoing system of improvement. Using lean principles, all members of the organization continually strive to identify areas of waste and eliminate anything that does not add value for patients.
In order to reduce costs and add value to patients, members of the health industry have applied the principles of lean to find new solutions to the unsustainable growth of national health spending of 𝟱.𝟱% per year. One area of focus is to increase customer satisfaction and to make it profitable.
Eliminating waste at every level of an organization is fundamental to Lean principles. Because #leanthinking requires the buy-in of every member of an organization’s team in order to be successful, it is deeply embedded in culture, leading to innovation at all levels. By deploying Lean in health care, organizations improve patient satisfaction as patient-oriented decisions and processes become more common.
𝑰𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒏𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕, 𝑰 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒔 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒏 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒚. The last in this series of 3, I will zoom in on examples of Lean in Healthcare.
Peggy is a Lean Six Sigma master black belt at heart, a people’s people and bridge builder. I’ve worked at large multinationals in service and production industry. I am creative,analytic with a touch of geek. I have two lovely princesses, a wonderful husband and we live in sunny Curaçao