Thanks go to Hakan Forss, from Sweden, who sent me a link to an article he wrote about Lean, waste, and patient flow. He compares two healthcare systems – one where the focus is on keeping silo-ed resources busy (which leads to long patient delays) and one where the focus is primarily on patient flow through a value stream.
The piece also has some really cool visualizations done with LEGO blocks. Check it out!
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