Lean is a quality improvement methodology that has been adopted in a variety of healthcare settings. It relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by combining lean principles to eliminate waste. Healthcare organizations, mostly hospitals, have adopted a LEAN approach to performance improvement. More than 10 years ago, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement published an innovation series paper with the intent of promoting the concept of driving out waste, improving efficiency, quality and safety in US hospitals. While there have been examples of healthcare organizations that have adopted LEAN, there continues to be a lack of understanding of LEAN terminology and concepts across many healthcare organizations.
As such, in collaboration with CMSA (Purdue’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement), the following two LEAN topic areas are under development with plans to launch both activities by the end of 2017:
LEAN Thinking: The Healthcare Basics
Application of LEAN Principles in Healthcare
Please check back later in the year to take advantage of these two activities!