n Management Today - A lean approach to health care

Volume 22, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1027-4324



Extracted from text ... 34 THE QUALITY EDGE October 2006 A lean approach to health care lean production A quiet revolution is beginning that could have a profound effect on hospital management and the future of patient care. As Andrew Scotchmer discovers, hospitals are taking some lean lessons from Toyota. Toyota's production system or 'lean' as it has become known in the West, needs little introduction. Beginning in the Toyota plants of the 1950s, today it is a method that has proven itself in manufacturing industries and service sectors worldwide. In a nutshell, it involves the shortening of lead time by removing all unnecessary, ..

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