Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Lean Methods To Improve Healthcare
Lean methods of process improvement are extremely important to hospital systems. The bottom line is that hospital systems are receiving less payment for their services. In order to enhance their revenue stream, hospital systems must look to eliminating costs and making processes more efficient. Lean methodologies address these solutions. In essence, lean methodologies of process improvement provide a method for hospitals to ‘do more with less.’ By eliminating wasteful practices, reducing readmission rates and lessening the rates of preventable medical errors, hospitals can add to their bottom line and ensure their survival.
Many critics bemoan the corporatization of medicine and the movement of medicine towards a business-minded approach. However, healthcare must adopt best in class business techniques in order to handle the increasing complex nature and growing patient demand within medicine. Adopting lean methodologies for improving healthcare is one such business practice that has been proven in other industries and should be seriously considered to modernize healthcare into a sustainable industry equipped to satisfy future demands.