A systematic way of identifying value added and non-value added steps in every process and continuously eliminating waste so all work adds value and serves customer (patient) needs.
Why Lean in Healthcare?
Lean has gained momentum in Healthcare due to significant improvements in safety, quality, lead time, and financials through the application of Lean principles and tools. Lean engages all levels of the organization in the elimination of waste in all processes.
Montana State University Industrial & Management Systems Engineering (IMSE) program in collaboration with the MT Flex Grant selects two students to participate in a summer internship performing Lean Rapid Improvement Events in 6-8 Critical Access Hospitals across rural Montana. Over each two-week event, students work in conjunction with hospital staff to apply their knowledge of Lean principles and tools towards a pre-determined improvement project within each facility.