Wisconsin Hospitals Adopting Lean
This story is from Wisconsin Public Radio talks about Lean at Aurora Health Care, based in the Milwaukee area. (“Hospitals Turn to Lean Management to Save Money“).
The story talks about how the health system improved the discharge process, leading to shorter patient stays. Shorter length of stay, given the current-state conditions with quality in healthcare, leads to better patient safety. Rather than being kept longer for more observation, your odds are better getting out of the hospital:
“Unfortunately, hospitals can be risky places for patients. The longer they stay, the greater the risk of things like infections and falls. So I think across the board, most people would agree that as soon as the patient is medically able, it's usually a good idea for them to leave the hospital,” Hallisy [the President of the Empowered Patient Coalition] says.
There are already many good examples of Lean healthcare in Wisconsin, including two members of the Healthcare Value Leaders Network – ThedaCare and Gundersen Lutheran.
My only wish was that the headline didn't focus so much on saving money, since that's not the only benefit from Lean! Quality, waiting time, and staff morale are also very important benefits and goals.