How hospitals are implementing lean healthcare practices

Under Blog Break rules, I’ll just post this article that I was quoted extensively in: “Author: Hospitals can use lean techniques to drive improvements instead of dysfunction,” published in MedCity News.

There is one slight error in the piece, where the writer incorrectly wrote that ThedaCare is part of the University of Michigan Health System. I had mentioned them both as two organizations that state a goal of having every employee be a problem solver every day. That error might have already been corrected by this point.

In a phone interview with  Mark Graban, the chief improvement officer with KaiNexus  and the author of “Lean Hospitals  ‘ Improving quality, patient safety and employee engagement,” he suggests some ways hospitals are implementing cost saving measures. “The lean model is about empowering people to improve and making lots of little savings ‘ that’s one of the good things that a lot of hospitals are doing.”

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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