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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.
 
Vox populi
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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The Lean philosophy holds that there are eight forms of waste that commonly afflict business processes.
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Aside from flexibility arid a faster setup, the reduction of material waste is another large part of the lean philosophy. A significant reduction in waste through better material usage can create a positive impact on a company's bottom line.
The beauty of the lean philosophy is that it focuses everyone on what matters--on exactly what the customer needs.
Despite its obscurity, there are those who would argue that the Toyota Product Development System is more important to Toyota's success (and therefore a more essential element of the lean philosophy) than its manufacturing system.
For this reason we are launching a comprehensive educational initiative to help the package printing industry understand the benefits and practical application of lean manufacturing principles as they apply to their operations." The web site contains much information about the lean philosophy.
Lean philosophy emphasizes the continual improvement of production processes, while ERP emphasizes planning.