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An approach to improving workflow and eliminating waste, which loosely translates as getting the right things to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities, while minimising waste and being flexible and open to change. Lean processes in healthcare are similar to manufacturing: both deal with inventory control and processes using the same equipment and people.

Lean focuses on activities that provide the highest value to the client—a process known as value stream mapping—or those that generate the most revenue, while eliminating superfluous steps. In healthcare, this translates into reduced testing and billing errors; streamlined admissions and appointments; improved document and billing practices; and reduced unnecessary treatment. Lean principles offer a way for healthcare organisations to control costs and improve quality; when correctly implemented, lean processes drastically reduce inventory, downtime, costs, and production cycles for manufacturers—and helps increase quality and revenues.
 
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Not fat (as in a lean person) or fatty (as in ‘lean beef’).

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lean

(lēn)
A product so labeled contains, by F.D.A. order, less than 10 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, and 95 mg cholesterol per serving.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

lean

(lēn)
Without excess fat. By USDA standards it means that a meat or poultry product contains less than 10 g of fat, 4.5 g of saturated fat and 95 mg of cholesterol per serving.
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Sibayan will facilitate a course on 'Lean Thinking and Management: Eliminating Waste and Adding Value' on Sept.
A series of interviews have already been held with government/ Ministry officials, hospital administrators (Registrars, Hospital CEOs), healthcare professionals (doctors and lead nurses), and suppliers to hospitals (pharmaceuticals and general equipment) as part of an ongoing research project to understand both the complexities of the Omani healthcare sector and the potential for applying Lean thinking to achieve higher efficiencies and quality improvements.
This Value Stream Map can then serve as a starting point for lean thinking. An empowered team can develop an action plan to eliminate non value-added steps or combine steps to improve process for future state.
This segues nicely [as the radio presenters are fond of saying--who says Marxists can't adopt modern mores?] to the Te Henga USSR's current definition of Lean Thinking.
In order for an organization to be a Lean Enterprise, its employees must become a Lean Thinking Workforce.
Efforts to avoid or remove waste--either from a business production cycle or in every day life--are prevalent throughout history, and the storied tenure of these attempts form much of the basis of Lean thinking.
The last principle of Lean thinking is "perfection," or the elimination of all waste.
May 7, 2009: Lean Thinking Workshop, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, hosted by the Virginia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products and the Sloan Foundation Forest Industry Center in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources.
The distinctive thing about lean thinking is that it derives from observing the best practices in an organization.
Lean thinking and principles are ultimately used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of products and services provided to a customer- In short.
The specific problem that is addressed here is the need to utilize a scientific method (derived from lean thinking) that can be criticized as linear and 'reductionist' to gain understanding about a complex system.